Which eventually did materialise a decade latter with the Sexual Offences Act 1967; and over the coming decades we have seen major changes in public attitudes to homosexuality. Now culminating in the current consultation that is looking at how we can grant marriage equality for same sex couples and we have a raft of anti-discrimination law for homosexuals.
However today I was saw a re-tweet of a link to a news story comparing homosexuality with paedophilia (http://m.yahoo.com/w/news_america/b4u-act-pedophilia-takes-step-toward-being-considered-212800919.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=us&.lang=en-us). By a group who want to normalise the attraction of people to children. Wishing to de-sensitize society to the effects of paedophilia so that some people may consider it normal like we do with homosexuality now.
So naturally I had a look at their website to see how credible this group actually is, and to see if it’s not just a group of paedophiles’ trying to find a way of justifying what they do so that they can eventually campaign for the de-criminalisation of their actions. However their website doesn’t list names of either the lay people or the medical professionals that are part of this organisation. So it does raise credibility questions.
However as a gay woman I find their stance and comparison to the LGBT movement unnerving and very offensive. As with homosexuality it concerns two consenting adults, who know and understand what they are doing and can rationalise their feelings for each other.
Whereas does a young child know what is happening and would they want to have sexual relations with a middle aged man? Now I know some 8 year olds are very bright you occasionally hear of an 8 year old getting a GCSE or an A-level. But that type of intelligence is not the same as being able to cognitively understand what sex is. This is why we have an age of consent for sex; as this is the age where people can understand what sex is.
I don’t think any rational human being would agree that we should let paedophiles have sex with children because they consider it to be a natural thing just like homosexuality. The problem is not if it is a natural thing or not, but it’s what it is doing. There are numerous scientific studies that say children that go through sexual abuse can have a multitude of problems in later life. This on its own should be enough to convince people that to even consider talking about the possibility of doing something with the law on this issue should just not happen.
This I see as being one of the few things that society will never be able to accept, because of the shear destructive effect that it can have on the lives of the children involved. It is an abhorrent and egregious act and we shouldn’t be looking at listening to their nonsense we should be looking at ways to strengthen the protective measures in place to stop these people doing it in the first place. Personally I consider this a crime up there with murder and should upon conviction automatically generate a life sentence, on public protection grounds.