Friday, October 28, 2005

Perverted-Justice.com

Instead of passin' da tax buck and expecting Big Brother to protect children, we need to get involved as individual citizens. The folks at Perverted-Justice.com are fine examples of proactive surfers, working to take predators out of the equation BEFORE they kidnap, rape or murder a child.

This group has been covered extensively in the mainstream CORPGOV news, and has occassionally been called a vigilante organization. However, Perverted-Justice does not break the law to uphold it. They cover their legal bases, in order to the preserve evidentiary value of their data. They do not entrap, but expose. They also work with law enforcement, when appropriate.

While some visitors to their site may take issue with their tone and tactics, Perverted Justice is essential in a nation where priorities are skewed and a large share of criminal justice resources are divested to control the personal, consensual choices of adults who are otherwise law-abiding. For example, we have a war on drugs, but not a war on child abuse. We have child predators receiving lighter sentences then marijuana-growers. We have a Drug Czar, but not a Perv Czar (though some might claim the Drug Czar is perverted). We have the ineffective DARE program to teach kids about drugs (in the midst of a 30-year "drug war" that has deregulated the production and distribution of the substances, making them easily available to children), but we have no national program to teach children about their rights over their own bodies.

Our educational system, from family to church and school, teaches kids to venerate authority, to comply with adults, to obey the law, to do as they are told. But then we fail to arm children with information about their legal rights, leaving them utterly defenseless (physically and mentally) against predators. Many children being sexually abused do not even know the abuse is illegal, and some are not even old enough to understand what sex is. Nevertheless, the abuse will imprint itself and can have long-lasting effects on the victim, including disabling conditions like PTSD, substance-dependency, anxiety-related disorders, and major depression with suicidal ideations.

In the meantime, the predators thrive on the ignorance of children and the silence and inaction of complacent adults. This means you and me. It's time to wake up and get busy.

Perverted Justice is the honored recipient of my highly esteemed and coveted Badasses Without Badges Award. Love them or hate them, they are helping to attract national attention to the issue of child protection, and they are filling a gap historically neglected by Big Brother.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jodie said...

"...abuse will imprint itself and can have long-lasting effects on the victim, including disabling conditions like PTSD, substance-dependency, anxiety-related disorders, and major depression with suicidal ideations."

Yup.

Good for the people at Perverted Justice! I'm glad to know that there is an organization out there trying to stay one step ahead of the sick and twisted individuals who prey on the innocent.

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