The following is a post I wrote on a website I belong to. The title of the thread is:
Letourneau hosts "Hot For Teacher Night At Bar" - referring to Mary Kay Letourneau, the teacher who had an affair with a 12 year old student. They eventually had two children while he was still under age. She spent time in prison and they got married once she got out.
In the thread, one of the members, Kelby, shows anger and disgust for the whole situation, saying that if anyone tried that with her kids, they'd be sorry. This is not verbatim, but you get the idea. Then one of the other posters to the site(and this is not to knock him - he's a sweetheart) wrote, "turns Kelby down to low heat". I'm sure he meant it as a good thing, and to show he cares about Kelby, but with my background my first reaction was to explain why it's okay for us to be this angry. I do see his point of view too; it's good to not lose control. But here is what I wrote:
Kelby, I couldn't agree with you more. First, there's a reason children are not supposed to have sexual relationships. It's because they can't handle it, physically when below a certain age, mentally and emotionally until they are an adult - even if they enjoyed it. I see it as taking 200lbs.,putting it on a child's shoulders, and then expecting that child to carry it. It crushes them one way or another. It is murder. Murder of a childhood. There is no way to get back that innocence.
One of the other results of this is that it awakens a child's sex drive. And of course a child cannot control such a powerful urges; think of how difficult it is sometimes now, as an adult. This is why Kelby, I , and others seethe with anger. This type of child abuse is more than an adult taking advantage of a child. It's gross to think about a little child as having adult sized sexual urges, isn't it. You never hear about that on the news, talk shows, or in documentaries.
I wonder how that bar owner would feel if his child's teacher had this kind of relationship with his daughter or son? Would he be so non-chalant? How would he feel if his wife was the teacher who dumped him for a 12 year old boy and destroyed their lives. She's got 4 kids from her first marriage, then tore her family apart just because she wanted to have sex with a child.
Like Kelby and Susie, if someone tried this with my child, they would regret it until their dying day. Death is too good for them.
Have any of you ever watched "To Catch A Predator"? It's the same thing. The adults caught on this show are there to have sex with 12-17 year olds. Mostly 13-14 range. And we all watch it with disgust as perfectly normal looking people are arrested, one after another. They don't always get huge sentences, but at least their face has been posted worldwide and their lives ruined.
And one more thing, there is actually a group of men who's sole pupose is to promote the idea and eventually gain acceptance of adults having sex with children. They are the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). Yes, they are a real organization of men complete with lobbyists in Washington. Look it up. Sickens you doesn't it? I know this is an older post, but I just had to put in my two cents in. Didn't mean for it to be so long either. But when you get me started.......grrr. Nevermind.
Have a great day everyone. Claire _________________