The ill-conceived notion currently being expounded by the pack is that anyone remotely connected to having had under-age sex must be guilty of paedophilic tendencies. This is so crude a concept and so spurious in its declarations that it makes a farce of any serious attempts at finding and catching those truly guilty of such crimes.
The idea that every individual who failed to check the passport of each conquest he made in the days when such actions seemed an anathema to the very liberal ideas being spouted by the free love generation is nothing short of laughable.
Paedophilia is wrong. Sexually abusing children is an outrage that deserves the severest of punishments but please stop with all the faux shock horror especially when comparing one ages morals with that of another.
The witch hunting press, The Sun and Daily Mail being at the forefront, the UK gutter press of whom we either love or loathe, are, as much as we may not like all the articles they print have, with this situation, only been doing what the free press should – digging out information that is in the public domain. What the public are doing, certainly on the internet, is jumping on the bandwagon and pre-judging those yet to be found guilty.
Why? Because that is what the mob do.
Another misleading and highly dangerous mistake is the one again being made by the press and general public when they make mention of ‘dirty old men.’ Jimmy Savile was an exception and not the rule. And even with him, although he carried on his vile practises into old age he was active as a young man during the time of the late fifties and sixties.
The majority of abuses carried out against children are made by either family members or close friends of.
Now it has come to light that Stuart Hall, that giggling presenter of ‘It’s a Knockout’ has confessed to having sexually abused children as young as nine. There are no excuses. He must be punished. At least, unlike Savile, he has been caught. Why is it then, that without evidence, people are assuming the worst of others who have been accused? This is Britain for goodness sake. These men are not vampires and we do not want a mob lighting torches and marching on castles to burn the accused at the stake before hard proofs are found.
There is a thin line between what is perceived today as paedophilia and what was then a genuine misjudgement.
If we were to re-assess the actions of each rock star who has screwed a young lady claiming to be eighteen then those stones, once rolled over, would almost certainly reveal, by modern standards, some deeply unpleasant facts. After all, it was all free love back then wasn’t it? And didn’t countless young groupies queue up to climb into bed with each available well hung rock stallion? And did those self same stars always check for age before slipping between the sheets?
Cynthia Plaster Caster chased The Beatles and when she couldn’t get them she went for the Stones. She was maybe seventeen. It is convenient now, for those keen to occupy the moral high ground, as they pass their sanctimonious judgement running fast to catch the bandwagon of modern day witch hunting, to point the finger of accusation. What is frowned upon now was applauded then. Not just that but condoned. Not the act of abusing under-age children, and categorically not innocent children but the pursuit of youthful sex. Guys did it, girls did it. It was perceived as being cool and yes, mistakes were made but often when one party lied about their age.
I am guilty of such a crime for I had sex with a girl of just sixteen when I was eighteen. It was consensual. We both wanted the same thing regardless of the law. We both were young. It was borderline legal and in the eyes of my mother in law to be, wrong.
As politically incorrect as it now seems to me and many others, women were then little more than sex objects. Open to innuendo and the odd fondle by the office alpha male. I thought it appalling then and still do. Society poo pooed my generations desire in seeking equality. I witnessed many a boss cornering a girl half his age believing that such actions virile and natural.
The line that shouldn’t be crossed was then a foggy smudge.
As for the age of consent, that varies from nation to nation. Spain is thirteen. Turkey is eighteen. In Great Britain it is, and has been since 1885, 16.
Now the mob, fuelled perhaps by self indulgent desires to be seen as virtuous, clamber and bay for blood before having the full facts before them.
This insane desire to leapfrog over the judicial system with verbal guns blazing firing bullets at anyone remotely thought to have possibly committed a sex crime, long before investigations into such allegations have been made is as negligent a crime as that of the BBCs who should have done something at the time.
I am not going to mention any names here of people currently under investigation. I have neither the right to pass opinion nor the power to condemn, at least not until a higher authority has passed judgement having analysed all the pertinent details.
The horror of paedophilia is one that evolves as time rolls on. We are, hopefully, more civilised than the ancient Greeks or Romans who used young people as a form of contraceptive. We no longer tolerate the abuses heaped upon children in such a short while ago as the Victorian era. We are better than that but when it comes to ‘jumping to conclusions,’ giving vent to gossip as though it were fact, we are still in the dark ages.
all words and art are copyright © of Russell 'C.J' Duffy.To view my books on Amazon/Kindle go here: https://www.amazon.com/author/russellduffy -- For another side of CJ go here: sOMeThiNg For tHE wEeKeND, SiR?