11. Healthier reactions
A more healthy reaction to child sexuality might be to abandon all
those prejudices by labeling each childish sexual act as abuse or harassment,
and to act on a case by case policy while respecting the confidentiality
and the privacy of the child. To acknowledge that there do exist forms
of child sexual behavior - childish forms, not just like adult
Instead of reporting to the criminal authorities, it is better to
acknowledge that children need information, privacy, confidentiality,
support - and love. Give them not a 'big police man' but instead a nice
'Big Brother' to accompany and watch them.
Child sex 'should not always be reported'
- Sarah Womack, The Telegraph, UK, 16/03/2007
Children as young as 13 who are sexually active should not
be reported to the police, the Children's Commissioner for England said
"The Government's guidance was intended to preserve
discretion to judge, on a case by case basis, whether a child or young
person is at risk of serious harm and whether or not it is necessary to
pass on information to social services or police."
Wanted: One Big Brother.
James, 8, has been waiting two years for a grownup buddy. Susan Clairmont, The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario, May 6,
James is lonely. He has a loving mother. Friends.
But what he really wants -- more than a pirate sword or pepperoni
or video games or anything -- is a grown-up man to talk with.
The eight-year-old has been waiting two years for a Big Brother. And he
likely has another three to go.
That's how long it takes to get matched in our community.