Originally Published: Tuesday, November 29 2011, 2:00 AM
There oughta be some new laws.
Tough laws to protect our children.
I don’t need to look to Penn Sate or Syracuse to stay on high alert for pedophiles. They’re everywhere.
In 1983, then-Brooklyn District Attorney Eugene Gold was arrested for fondling the 10-year-old daughter of another district attorney. Facing 20-to-life, this top lawman — whom I knew — pleaded to two years’ probation to be served in Jerusalem.
Two months later, I’m watching the local TV news, and here comes my kid’s physician, Dr. Jeffrey Marks, 32, of Park Slope, being perp-walked.
Marks and two pals, a lawyer and a businessman, were accused of luring boys 11 to 14 whom they called “party favors” from the Coney Island projects into performing sex acts in exchange for sneakers and money.
The cases were pleaded out or dismissed.
Years later, I moved to Bayside, Queens, where in one week in 2004 a police sting busted two teachers for arranging romps with 14-year-olds. One at my nephew’s high school; one at my son’s grammar school. Both received six months in jail.
Trust no one. Anywhere.
Every decent citizen is horrified by the child sexual abuse (CSA) scandals at Penn State and Syracuse. Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested. But assistant coach Mike McQueary, who allegedly witnessed Sandusky raping a screaming kid against a shower wall and did nothing, is not charged with a crime.
There oughta be a national law against that kind of mutt.
Anyone guilty of doing nothing about CSA in the first degree should immediately surrender his membership in the human race and be caged like a vicious dog.
New York State has weak laws for “mandatory reporters,” mostly health and educational officials. If a mandatory reporter fails to report a CSA, he can be charged with a misdemeanor.
If failing to file taxes is a felony, then a new law oughta make it a felony for anyone of voting age to fail to report CSA. If American citizens are compelled to serve on juries — even for civil slip-and-fall trials — certainly we can mandate the protection of our children from rape.
According to Stop the Silence, an organization dedicated to CSA victims, one-third of all girls and one-sixth of boys younger than 18 are sexually abused. Many victims suffer life sentences that manifest themselves in depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, prostitution, suicide, homicide and incarceration.
Many pedophiles were abused themselves as kids.
That’s a powerful argument that CSA should be a one-strike-and-you’re-out crime.
Amitai Etzioni, a respected sociology professor at George Washington University and a leading scholar on pedophilia, says that the average male pedophile has committed 13 previous CSAs before he is first caught. “So it would be like 13 strikes and you’re out, anyway,” Etzioni says. “Plus, my three-year research into this subject shows that there is absolutely no cure for pedophilia. It is a raging obsession that cannot even be cured by chemical castration, because it is an act of aggression, not sexuality. That is why 20 states have passed sexual predator acts, under which, after pedophiles have done their prison time, the state can force them to stay in state mental hospitals until they are cured. And since there is no cure, that means life.”
New York passed such a civil confinement law in 2007.
There are 203 predators being civilly confined. Others demand costly trials, claiming they’re no longer dangerous. It also costs a strapped state a fortune to keep these monsters in state nuthouses for life.
CSA is a national scourge. That’s why CSA oughta be a federal crime like kidnapping is. Then we can quarantine these sexual predators in federal lockups, or what Etzioni calls “childless communities,” far away from our vulnerable kids.
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 12/03/2011
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Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg