Friday, October 1, 2004

Rockspiders: Police, Teachers, Childcare Owners, and Uncle Pervy!

Police have indicated there will be hundreds more arrests as part of Australia's largest ever crackdown on child pornography even though it is some of the police themselves? Authorities have so far charged more than 190 people with a total of 2000 offences and seized more than two million pornographic images.

Raids in every state and territory began yesterday. Police say the child pornography ring includes teachers, police and a childcare owner and is linked to organised crime groups in Europe.

Scott Thompson, the owner of three childcare centres in Melbourne's eastern and northeastern suburbs, was arrested during the investigation.

His lawyer Mark Yorston says Mr Thompson will defend the charges. He says his client has placed the centres into external administration.

"Mr Thompson voluntarily agreed not to visit the centres and that's been made one of the conditions of bail," he said.

The Victorian Opposition says there should be tougher laws regulating people working with children, but the Government says stringent checks already exist.

Gary Stacey, from the Victorian Private Childcare Association, says current laws are already far-reaching.

"The licensee implements the regulations by ensuring all the staff that are involved in child care require a police certificate and this even includes gardeners and handymen, or whatever it may be, who come near a childcare centre or are involved in a child care centre," he said.

"All those type of subsidiary staff also need police checks as well."

The Government says it will however consider broadening the range of occupations requiring checks.

By Sammy Sparrow 1 October 04

THE BIRD: If you're only looking outside for child molesters then you don't see what happens in the cracks in your own community, in your own home and the "people of the lie" - people in high places making the rules and setting the standards - supposedly leading by example. It's not the criminal or the monster or the demon.

Not even and evil person but it's people who otherwise wouldn't be asked questions. That's why we need people independent of the police or the headmaster of a school or a minister of a church or parliament - to investigate these matters. Of course we also have to worry about the collateral damage. Some people who may have been treading a very fine line between pleasure and pain.

The corporate media wouldn't see it that way because they're so "sensational" and they're not looking at pragmatic outcomes to this community problem. There also may be people caught up who have been experimenting with their sexual feelings. Sexual feelings they have not been able to control! They are not primarily producing material or directly offending. Call it sick but they download material off the net and don't necessarily get involved in producing such material or directly offending.

If there are people caught up in this that are not offending primarily but who have downloaded material off the Internet it should be seen in that light. Why? If that is what leads them to become a primary offender then that may be one solution to discourage primary offenders. Like the drug dealers opposed to the drug uses. Practical outcomes to control crime don't come out of making this rockspider bust "sensational" but by getting to the truth and finding practical outcomes and solutions to community problems and controlling crime.


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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.