Originally Posted by Eurostar
Indeed Jamtamara, that is exactly what I am saying
The problem with the "throw away the key" approach combined with shoving everything under the carpet means that is does nothing to address the issue of child abuse.
My feeling is that if we remove the taboos around the subject of paedophilia and treat offenders as real human beings and not "monsters", we would be going some way towards getting a handle on the problem (and it seems to be widespread and endemic).
Demonising those who are attracted to underage teenagers and children and making the whole subject a huge taboo does absolutely nothing to reduce the amount of child abuse and may in fact be making things even worse.
I agree. I was actually thinking the other day (and this may sound crazy, I know) but I wonder if a start might be making a special episode of The Sex Education Show (shown on Channel 4) specifically about the topic of child sex abuse? or has there already been one? that show came to mind as although I've never watched a full episode I've seen trailers and I'm aware it was a very upfront and honest programme, part of its remit seemed to be to cover controversial aspects of sex to teenagers, those being aspects that aren't included in sex education classes nationwide. I know they had one programme tackling pornography - the myths and the facts etc. I'd be surprised if they didn't cover abuse, come to think of it. Thats about the only programme I can think of thats been on recently that covers such thing and is targeted at a fairly young audience, though I seem to remember hearing some older people wrote in to Radio Times saying they thoroughly enjoyed watching it too and learnt something from the show lol. That show was supposed to be about ignoring hysteria and tackling big subjects head on, so it'd be an obvious starting place... but again, maybe they already tackled it? I wouldn't know for sure. Just a thought...