Paedophilia, Rumours, and Scouting.
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 2 May 1991 16:14:00 EDT
A topic that has been of interest to me, of late, is the notion of
pedophilia, and how it relates to Scouting and other Youth Groups.
A Pedophile is an adult, male or female, who finds young people attractive,
sexually. A pedophile doesn't necessarily engage in any sexual situation
with a minor, just finds them attractive. Men who rape Girls or Boys are
not pedophiles, just like men who rape women aren't Heterosexual. They are
The existance of pedophiles has gotten many a scout leader in trouble,
especially in the United States (you U.K. people are free to explain the
situation over there to me, if you'd like). Scout Leaders (as well as
School Teachers, Camp Counsellers, Priests/Rabbis/Ministers, Social
Workers, and anyone else who works intimately with children/adolescents)
have been accussed on many occasion of having sexual relations with
one of the youth under him/her. Or, more frequently, the dealings that
the leaders have had with the youth had sexual overtones (like a touch on
the shoulder that was a *little* too affectionate). What have the
implications been in the general Scouting community in regards to these
Someone once estimated that over 1/3 of all men and women working with
kids were pedophiles. I think this estimate came from a bit of research into
the fantasies of these man and women, and that many/most of these fantasies
involved someone in their troop/class/parish. I'm not going to moralize
about the issue. But I would like to know what you all think about it.
Do you think that the pedophiles play an important role? Is it possible
that the teaching and leading done by a pedophile is much more genuine
and sincere, since the leader really loves his/her "kids"? Or are all
people that find youth attractive sick and perverted slips of nature?
As a Cub Scout, Weblo, and Boy Scout in Troop #52 in Roselle Park, New Jersey,
U.S.A., I was aware of at least 3 scout leaders that really loved the
kids they were working with. I could see that their hearts were invested
in those kids, and it was touching. I also knew (when I realized what
caused an erection) that these same three men felt something more for
the kids. But, as far as I know, they never did anything to anyone.
Two were married, and one was a bachaler, just out of college (One of
them was my troop leader). These Three Men were the most active in their
Respective troops, getting the troops funding from the local BSA chapter,
and helping the troops do wonderful things for their communities. The
other Troops seemed to pale in comparison to theirs'.
Having Known those men well, I find it hard to believe that anyone that
loves kids that much, and directs his/her love such in a positive manner, could
be the sick, twisted, perverted, dysfunctional monster that pedophiles
are painted out to be by America's Media. But, again, I'd like to know what
you all think.
Note to List Owner: If this too contreversial and isn't an issue worthy
or necessary for discussion, then please say so. If it is the case where
you're worried about the image of your list, then I understand.
Thanks in Advance! :)
Kenneth Udut "Steppnwolf" on Relay and PC-Link
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