What Everyone Knows: It's Reprehensible

RECEIVED Sat., Nov. 12, 2011

Dear Editor,
    Regarding the pedophile scandal at Penn State University, I would summarize what everyone knows: It's reprehensible. Most people, if witnessing a child being sodomized, would intervene, if not cause serious bodily injury to the perpetrator. (Also ridiculous was the riot that occurred when the coach was rightfully removed; this was Idiot Drunk Jock Syndrome, which is not to cast aspersions on drunk jocks per se.)
    Society in general is very repulsed by this type of crime. A person I know exclaimed, "He [the perp] is married?!" as if he could only have been an exclusive homosexual. Pedophiles are opportunists, the majority being heterosexual, and often do not discriminate in the gender of their victims.
    There is a pervasive worldwide child sex ring network. The mafia, which in the past has scorned this particular perverse proclivity, has reportedly been more recently involved. This is perplexing because more women have risen to the top echelons of organized crime.
    I admire Ashton Kutcher for being an outspoken activist in this issue, with his beautiful wife at his side in related press conferences. He ran afoul of The Village Voice for criticizing its back page ads, claiming it promotes child prostitution. He caused a firestorm when he Twittered support for the offending coach, without any of the facts in the case. The derision directed at him for that mistake indicates society's disdain for these people, whom, if they could be magically and justifiably eradicated from the world, would cause a perceptively larger dent in the population than most people realize. And I am referring to true pedophilia, abuse of very young and prepubescent children. Adolescents, while they should be protected, are a different consideration; as sexually mature individuals they usually have some choice in the matter, regardless of the letter of the law.
Kenney C. Kennedy
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