There are two things I hate in this life. One is having to take a cold shower and the other is hypocrisy.
Cold showers are my problem, but hypocrisy is everyone’s, so I’ll write about hypocrisy instead.
Fact 1. Around 1.5% of western children are victims of pedophiles.
Fact 2. It is estimated that around 13-15% of western children are victims of incest.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not small-minded and I know that what we call “incest” exists in some other cultures for various socio-cultural reasons. I don’t agree with it but at least it’s not considered as being a crime. We have to live with that (even if I personally think we should try to change it).
Here in the west though, it’s illegal. I mean it’s illegal, but not as illegal as pedophilia. And that is quite simply scandalous. Did you know that here in France pedophilia is considered in law as being a “crime”, whereas incest is merely classified as an “offense”? Did you know that those convicted of incest get less time in prison (that’s when they DO go to prison, which is not always the case) than pedophiles? And it’s the same in other western countries to varying degrees.
What is the difference between having sex with your own child and having sex with a child you don’t know? After all, both children suffer the same trauma in western culture, so it’s high time that we in the west faced up to the fact that incest and pedophelia are one and the same thing.
So why don’t we? Because this state of affairs suits too many people. The “in-between” people. The unspoken category. They are called “child molestors” or “child sex abusers” etcetera, and they are worse predators than pedophiles. This category includes teachers, priests, educators, probation officers, summer-camp monitors and friends-of-the-family to mention but a few. They all have in common that they know their victims, whereas “pedophiles” don’t, generally speaking. I’ll call them “Incestophiles” for the purposes of this article. (There are also sub-groups here; for example priests are often called pedophiles, but not teachers. But that’s another story).
Did you know that when incestophiles are caught, lo and behold, they get punished more severely than incestuous parents but less than pedophiles? They are the silent and missing link between them. For some reason I cannot understand, knowing the victim makes them less guilty. This is because there are thousands of them.
What is the difference between having sex with your own child and having sex with a child you know and who puts his/her trust in you, a schoolgirl or choirboy etcetera? After all, both children suffer the same trauma.
Well, all this means that Western societies CAN’T judge incestuous parents as harshly as they do pedophiles, because, if they DID, the whole filthy house of cards would come crashing down, and pedophile teachers, priests, educators, family friends, not to mention pedophile politicians, judges, magistrates and lawyers would all be judged as pedophiles as well and would go to jail, and-we-can’t-have-that-now-can-we!!!? Nope, that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
So while we’re busy keeping our dirty cowardly little secret, around 16% of western children are victims of pedophiles, and not 1.5%.
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