February 10, 2010

Sexual Abuse Is Not Funny

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Much of what I write about is intended to be humorous in a sentimental, whimsical, romantically twinged kind of way. Not today.

In a review of a sugar/flour dredge (as seen in my blog and as seen at Amazon.com), one person responded as if it was about perverted situation, making light of a very serious issue, sexual offenses. Apparently, the reader, not nearly as as strong of mind as the other responders to realize I wrote about an event in which involved a second grade boy and girl sitting on a log waiting for school in a childhood crush.

While I get negative comments here and there by readers who do not like my writing style, or believe I have missed the point of a review (completely fair, and which I fully understand), this particular reader demonstrated both a certain reading comprehension deficit and a glib attitude about sexual abuse.

That's nothing to joke about. While his comments were hardly demonstrating a level of even simple erudition, and his humor lacked so much as a scintilla of wit, I decided to highlight the issue. This post is not about him, but it occurred to me that he may not be the only one who sees this horror as humorous. I do not think he was accusing me of the crime, rather thought it funny to pretend. That angers me.

Sexual offenses are serious. Those who do the offending often ruin the lives of those abused or attacked. There is never a good side of the story

We hear too often about Roman Catholic priests involved in criminal sexual abuse... most often men engaged in sexual activity with boys. Though this is as deplorable as can be imagined, they are not the only ones. Teachers, parents, other people in leadership positions. Sometimes, the adult is a woman. Just as vile.

This is a long way outside of my expertise. There are legal and psychological resources available.

Wikipedia has a page on pedophilia. There, find out the definition.

The CSOM studies and works to prevent sexual abuse. If you are struggling, or have already abused someone, start there for help. If abuse is going on now, call 911.
Established in June 1997, the Center for Sex Offender Management's (CSOM) goal is to enhance public safety by preventing further victimization through improving the management of adult and juvenile sex offenders who are in the community. The Center for Sex Offender Management is sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. CSOM is administered through a cooperative agreement between OJP and the Center for Effective Public Policy.

Through this federal initiative, staff have been available to provide support to those working to prevent sexual victimization through the advancement of strategies to effectively manage adult and juvenile sex offenders. This has taken the form of preparing and disseminating policy papers, training curricula, articles for professional publications, and other written materials; technical assistance to jurisdictions interested in advancing their practices; and responding to queries and other information needs from professionals, the media, victims, offenders, and concerned citizens.

For more information about the services and resources offered by CSOM, or to ask a specific question, please contact Leilah Gilligan via email at lgilligan@cepp.com or by phone at 415-871-4006.

Look up sexual offenders near you.
The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between Jurisdictions hosting public sex offender registries (“Jurisdictions”) and the federal government. These Jurisdictions include the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the District of Columbia, and participating tribes. This Website is a search tool allowing a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders through a number of search options.

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