When police say they “can’t guarantee your safety” if you don’t “move along” are they acknowledging they are the ones who will hurt you?
Nancy Barnett’s Grave in Amity, Indiana.
In 1831, Nancy Barnett was buried in a cemetery along the banks of Sugar Creek. Around the turn of the century, when a road was planned for the area, the bodies were moved to another location. Her grandson Daniel Doty would have none of it though, and sat at this spot with a gun in his lap while the crew laid the gravel road. In 1912, he had a concrete slab placed on her grave to further protect her resting place.
We have a few go-to archetypes when it comes to pedophilia: There is the playground lurker, the chat-room predator, and the monstrous (often religious) authority figure. These men are usually middle-aged, unrepentant serial abusers who are caught only after remaining undetected for years. But what about the preceding decades? When do these urges first begin to manifest?
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines a pedophile as an individual who “over a period of at least six months” has “recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children.” This person also has to have “acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty,” and be “at least age 16 years and at least five years older than the child or children” involved.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that most pedophiles first notice an attraction toward children when they themselves are between 11 and 16, mirroring that of any other sexual awakening. It can be a confusing time for any of us, but imagine realizing that you’re attracted to little kids. How do these young men and women negotiate that with no viable role models or support network? There is no It Gets Better for pedophiles. Are they all fated to end up as child molesters? Or is it possible for them to live a life without hurting children at all?
A very thought provoking piece. [Trigger warning]
CHICAGO: TWO YEARS AFTER
"Two years in a revolution, even a revolution for the hell of it, is a long time. The Lower East Side has O.D.’ed on heroin. People’s Park was created by us and crushed by them. Woodstock Nation was born and diluted by the celluloid world of hip capitalism. The Black Panthers have emerged as the most revolutionary force in the land. The Weathermen have unleashed the rage inside each yippie and yippies have turned on the weatherman to digging culture.
A new breed of stoned revolutionary communists sneak around the country blowing pot and blowing up pig sties.”
~ Chicago: Two Years After by Abbie Hoffman
I don’t think people ought to be forced to rent themselves in order to survive.