Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Partners of Paedophiles support group in demand

A Partners of Paedophiles support group says it has received an influx of calls after a police operation in which hundreds of Australians have been accused of possessing child pornography.

Coordinator Robyn Forbes says the group, based at Kalangur in northern Brisbane, has received inquiries from across the country. She says the partners of accused men are often left in financial trouble.

"[They're] having to support themselves when their husbands are charged or when their husband leaves or when their husband suicides once he's been charged, so that is certainly an enormous issue for people," she said.

"Also the legal issues - a lot of the women have the perception that the courts are working against them, that their interests aren't properly protected in the justice system."

Ms Forbes believes the group is the only one of its kind in Australia. She says women usually do not confide in friends or family because of the nature of the offence.

"It's very isolating for the women," she said. "They just don't tell anybody and if they do happen to mention it to a family member or a close friend, often those people don't know what to say, it's out of their grasp.

"They end up just distancing themselves from the person and the woman is left very much isolated and alone."

By House Wife 20 October 04

In Other Developments:

Naming and Shaming

THE SUNDAY TABLOID, the News of the World, under its new editor, Rebecca Wade, has set itself up as the protector of children. For two weeks it ran pictures of known paedophiles and threatened to continue to do so until every single one had been named. (This would, apparently, have taken something like thirty years).

The paper was forced to abandon its campaign when just about every organisation involved in child protection criticised its action.

The paedophile register is working well, they said. Naming and shaming child abusers would simply drive them underground, making it more difficult to protect children, not less.

Stuart Kuttner of the News of the World has tried, absurdly, to portray the campaign as a success. So what has it achieved?

Mob rule. Hysteria. Four completely innocent families have been driven out of their homes in Portsmouth. At least two other innocent people have had their homes firebombed by mobs who mistook them for people named in the News of the World. A man innocently talking to some children in Berkshire was set upon. A man with a record of child abuse has committed suicide.


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Sexual Abuse: Testimony
I'm Debbie Ingraham, and I'm an activist for Restorative Justice. I'm also a former litigant who filed an unsuccessful civil suit against a family member for incest, and a former victim advocate. I bring a 30 year personal perspective of "real life" experiences that come from living with the effects of sexual abuse.