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Old 07-01-2013, 23:21
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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...
I'd like to see much more discussion about the subject across the media, Izzy. If people were able to say "Yes, we accept that adults are attracted to children : it's an undesirable aspect of human sexuality but it's a part of it nonetheless and it's not going to go away. Now how do we go about making sure that children are not abused or exploited".

The less a subject is taboo, the easier it is to come to terms with. If there was open discussion about paedophilia and the reasons behind it without hysteria and recrimination, my gut feeling is that child abuse cases would start to fall, not increase.
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