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D. Other Visions

Don't Shoot, We're Your Children - Have We Gone Too Far In Our Response To Adolescent Sexual Abusers And Children With Sexual Behavior Problems? - Chaffin, Mark & Bonner, Barbara;

ethicaltreatment.org,  Nov 01 1998
in Child Maltreatment, vol. 3, no. 4 (Nov.), 1998, pp. 314-316.

There is little evidence to support the assumption that the majority of juvenile sexual offenders are destined to become adult sexual offenders [...]

Perhaps it is time to emphasize some flexibility and compassion in which treatments we choose and to which individual youngsters we apply them and to realize that individual need, not dogma, should dictate what must be accomplished.

Ethical Treatment for All Youth - Advocating for the humane and just treatment of children and teenagers accused of violating sex laws - http://www.ethicaltreatment.org/index.htm 

We have encountered young teenagers (13 to 15) who, as part of their treatment, have been compelled to recite daily creeds including phrases such as 'I am a pedophile and am not fit to live in human society' ... These incidents cannot be dismissed as isolated examples of overly zealous practice but are directly derived from an uncritical application of prevailing treatment models. 
Critics point to the boy's case as an example of a child put into the program without cause, who was treated with inappropriate and potentially dangerous methods, and who may have become violent as a result ...

ACLU urges 'compassion' when charging 'sexting' teens - Kim Wendel, www.wkyc.com, date unknown

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio sent letters to all county prosecutors and members of the Ohio General Assembly today, calling on them to respect sex offender laws and the role of law and not impose heavy-handed charges on "sexting" teens. [...]
"While teens should be educated on the consequences of distributing nude photos, imposing these harsh sentences and punishments will only further destroy harm young lives."

The Myth of Lost Innocence - Judith Warner, New York Times, January 29, 2009

Teen pregnancy is so high in America compared to other places not just because of access to contraception but because we have a lot of poverty. But Americans don't want to see themselves as a poor society. They want to make a moral argument: if only teens had better values. 
We - the adults in this society - are "a mess." I think it's time to stop projecting our dysfunction onto our children.

The "Teen Sex Slave" Scams - ABC's Primetime Fakery - Debbie Nathan, www.counterpunch.org, February 17, 2006

Most of these new "trafficking" victims are runaways and throwaways: often minorities, often poor, and often gay. No matter that they are seldom kidnapped or forced into prostitution, rarely fit the image of the girl next door, usually don't think of themselves as "trafficking victims," and typically distrust the police.

Absurdity of U.N. treaty on child's rights - Michael Farris, WorldNetDaily, May 4, 2009

Under this treaty, every decision made about children - whether by government or parents - is subject to governmental review. Armed with the CRC, any social worker can second guess any parent based on an opinion that the parents' choice was not in the "best interest" of the child. Under this subjective standard, no family is safe from governmental intrusion. 
Unless we fully intend to comply with the U.N. treaty's radical dictates, our Senate must reject the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Lowering the unrealistic age of consent will help teens - Peter Tatchell, The Independent (UK), March 10, 2008

The time has come for a calm, rational debate about the age of consent. [...]
The present Irish age limit of 17 makes abuse more likely by reinforcing the idea that young people under 17 have no sexual rights. 
This sexual disempowerment of young people plays into the hands of adults who want to abuse them. Guilt and shame about sex also increase the likelihood of molestation by encouraging the furtiveness and secrecy on which abuse thrives.

Marshall: Let 13-year-olds have sex - Tom Gordon; Times Online, UK, May 11, 2008 - Scotland's children's commissioner thinks sex between 13 to 15-year-olds should be decriminalised as part of a reform of rape and sexual assault laws

SCOTLAND'S children's commissioner is calling for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 for sexual partners of similar ages. 
Kathleen Marshall thinks 13 to 15-year-olds who have sex with each other should not be criminalised.

Ephebophilia: it's today's word, and it matters - When is underage sex under age? Carol Sarler, The Times Online, UK, November 20, 2006

I grant you ephebophilia is not a word that would sit easily in a News of the World headline but the distinction is actually important.

Go Dutch - A Practice Sample - Youth and Sexuality in the Netherlands - Frans E J Gieles, PhD, the Netherlands - Paper (to be) presented at the 19th World Congress for Sexual Health, World Association of Sexology, Göteborg, Sweden, June 2009

Dutch society generally does not see sexual expression by children and teenagers as problematic, except where coercion or exploitation are involved. In those cases, the perpetrators get rather treatment than punishment. 
The Dutch are very open about sex. Sexual education starts at the age of toddlers. Contacts with the mothers are open and intimate, those with the fathers are friendly. 
Children have much privacy. Contraceptives are easily to obtain. [...]
Most of the Dutch youth have good sexual ethics and act along those lines. [...] 
The Netherlands has very low rates of abortion, young unmarried mothers and venereal disease.

Why are Dutch children so happy? - By Kathryn Westcott, BBC News website, Feb 14, 2007

Dutch children have been rated the most fortunate children in Europe. [...] The Netherlands has come top of a league table for child well-being across 21 industrialised countries. [...]
The Dutch are famous for their liberal attitudes towards drinks, drugs and sex.
"Because parents are more relaxed, the dynamics of the problems are less severe than in countries where they are seen as more of a serious issue," [...]
"I think in England, for example, there is a lot of pressure on teenagers. There is something on MTV called Virgin Diaries. Girls of 16 and 17 worry because they are still virgins. It's like they have to have sex to be cool," she says." In Holland, it isn't that important - it doesn't matter to anyone."


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