The Hyper-inflated “Stranger-Danger” Myth
In this neoteric world of blame, it’s no wonder that so many pseudo-scientists like psychologists and “expert” counselors, as well as so-called child advocates, teachers and law enforcement, publicly proclaim the exaggerated fears of strangers in and around our neighborhoods. Since the early part of the 19th century, children have been falsely led to believe that strangers pose the highest level of risk to their safety, but is this dominate view a rational one or is there more to the story?
…[C]hildren taken by strangers or slight acquaintances represent only one-hundredth of 1 percent of all missing children
Many modern and honest professionals, not otherwise motivated for the money (like victims advocates) or driven by the need to instill unnecessary fear in the masses (like law enforcement) are not convinced. And they are helping to spread the facts and not the hyper-inflated myths. Today, these trusted professionals, with the backing of legitimate research and facts, are telling the parents that strangers pose only a miniscule risk to harming their child. Armed with unbiased data, they are moving rapidly to bring long overdue change to the negative public stereotype of male strangers who are unjustly being portrayed as hideous out-of-control child molesters and monsters lurking in the background, hell-bent on abducting an unsuspecting child or two. David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, writing for the Washington Post puts it this way, finally explaining in his online article that while child abductions appear to be random, frightening events, they certainly are not. “…[C]hildren taken by strangers or slight acquaintances represent only one-hundredth of 1 percent of all missing children,” he successfully counters. To back up his argument with facts, in 2002, the National Institute for Justice conducted a thorough study related to missing, abducted, runaway, and thrownaway Children and found that the reality far exceeds the myth. Puting the number of stranger abductions at a paltry 115 per year out of 74 MILLION children living in the U.S. In 2011 the number of stereotypicalkidnappings dropped to 105 in the U.S. Yet, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) continues to steadily garner public support with its sensationalistic and alarmist focused infomercials that falsely peddle exaggerated numbers. Even going so far as to tell the American public that of the nearly 800,000 children who are reported missing each year (that’s more than 2,000 a day!), only 203,000 of these children are kidnapped each year by family members. Without adding the all important black asterisk to the end of this large number, the national public are still being mislead. They are not told that the other thousands who are not taken by family members (primarily moms and dads) are still abducted by the trusted adults in their lives – think guardians, close friends of the family, siblings, and so on and so forth.
So, if the real risk doesn’t rest with the stranger, then where does it rest? It rests squarely on the shoulders of the trusted adults in the child’s life. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Trusted adults have taken advantage of their authority and easy access to the children in their lives since the beginning of time. Trusted adults in churches, schools, hospitals, daycare, after school programs and in countless other places where children congregate are the dangerous ones. They are the one’s society should be teaching its children to fear.
Ironically, or perhaps not so ironically, law enforcement in Indiana (and other “trusted” adults) want to keep dumping the blame on the hapless stranger, while they continue to secretly engage in erotic play the children placed in their care. All the while condemning the open community of pedosexuals who pose absolutly NO threat to their children.
Consider for a moment, Sheriff John T. Boyd, LaPorte County, who loves to pander to his pedocentric voting base. To do this successfully requires lots and lots of misinformation dumping on his Facebook page. Some of this misinformation comes in the form of what he likes to call “Operation Boo.” Now, Operation Boo is a classic La Porte County cop favorite. It’s the Sheriff’s unjustified public fear campaign he uses to draw out closeted pedocentrists and pedosexuals who troll his page, only to instigate their public “outrage” at registered citizens in the area during Halloween. For Sheriff Boyd, Operation Boo is a three-ring pandemonium circus of hate, wasted taxpayer dollars and depredation hype. The countywide alert is used to stoke outrage against registered citizens in La Porte county. Eeven the yellow-newspapers get in on this classless political show: The News-Dispatch, the Harald-Argus and ABC help disseminate the misinformation to the public, cowering to law enforcement’s shame campaign all the while falsely alleging in the media that registered citizens are waiting, lurking, watching for the unsuspecting child to get close enough to snatch. What a load of horse shit! The overwhelming majority of registered citizens convicted of crimes against children identified intimately with their so-called “victim.” Convicted registered citizens, at the time of their arrests, were working-class members of the community, in the role of mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or sibling in almost every case. In addition, there was no force, sodomy, violence or threats – the activities classified as “Child Molest” were nothing more than superficial acts of an erotic nature that brought the child age appropriate pleasure. Only a small fraction, a minuscule – largely insignificant – number of child molest convictions in Indiana involve the use of force, violence or cause some form of physical injury to the child (and are rightly severely punished!). The rest are simply incidents of erotic play between family members that victim’s advocates falsely pedal as acts of violent child molestation. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
So, here’s the real question. If society’s hatred for erotic play with a child is SO damaging and SO terrible to warrant 50 years-to-life sentences, why aren’t we teaching a nation of millions of courageous children that it’s the well-known trusted adults who are REALLY the wolves in sheep’s clothing lurking around their underpants? We should be targeting the nuclear family and cut out the bullshit campaign against strangers. In my opinion, I suspect the cold hard truth would force open the proverbial closet door where mound-on-mound of skeletons have been politely stacked away by the large population of pedocentrists who are secretly setting up play dates with their naked children in the privacy of their own homes, in public camp grounds, hotels, and various forms of transportation. While they wrongly publicly shame, ridicule, harass, punish, and destroy the lives of virtuous pedosexuals.
The millions of pedocentristic trusted adults — society’s parents, female teachers, law enforcement officers, coaches, counselors, clergy, baby sitters and more, truly and sincerely don’t want the spotlight on them. Even if it IS the truth – that the so-called sexual “exploitation” of America’s children is being perpetrated by these beautiful upstanding adults – not the hideous monsters they teach their children to avoid (primarily motivated by their overwhelming jealously and possessiveness toward their children). To finally pull back the curtain and out America’s millions upon millions of closeted pedocentrists, who have spent a lifetime supporting harsh criminal punishments for the “sex crimes” they themselves are committing, is a monumental undertaking that will take decades to accomplish. Primarily because this outing would flip the script on child molestation as we know it today. I mean, imagine for a moment, 70 million children sitting through a school safety speech, at some time or another, led by a shifty cop sputtering off at the mouth, telling the little boys and girls in attendance to watch out for moments when mommy tickles your tiny penis or gives you a nice massage with our clothes off, or to be alert for when daddy rubs your vagina. And then, right before the end of the speech, the cop also tells the children to never, never trust a cop, and to be wary of their teachers, too. I guess you can see where this would lead. It doesn’t take a mathematician to do the numbers. The nation would be looking at millions more arrests! The prisons would be full of the “nice” citizens, and not the others. And the trusted adults who are daily practicing erotic play with a child would no longer have a thin veil of secrecy to cover their behaviors. What a terrible travesty THAT would be. Right? I mean, we NEED to discriminate against some other class of people, so it might as well be the strangers since it can’t be the trusted adults. And, per usual, the Stranger-Danger myth lives on, generation to generation.
And so continues the myth. Those loving parents, adorable siblings, doting grandparents, and a host of other close family members and trusted adults must continue to drive this complex cover-up so that they can distract society from the monumental truth and keep doing in secret places what they pretend to hate and always publicly bash. And if that weren’t bad enough, the public and private educational system
, and abusing others.
Sigh. For the foreseeable future we’ll just continue to major in the minor and minor in the major.