Archive for the ‘New Statesman’ Category

Why are we so desperate to find a genetic explanation for sex offenders?

April 13, 2015

“The research into the so-called ‘nonce gene’ disintegrates under any kind scrutiny at all. Why do we want to believe in it?”

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Child abuse at Westminster: We haven’t even begun to awaken from the nightmare

March 11, 2015

“Some politicians are finally beginning to realise that they can’t bury these scandals under the carpet. But real action is needed, and fast.”

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Is a zero-tolerance approach really the best way to stop paedophiles from abusing children?

December 19, 2014

“…this zero-tolerance attitude is beginning to be called into question – for people who have never acted on their desires and want help, should we be locking them up at all?”

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Children who have been sexually abused are never to blame for what has happened to them

August 7, 2013

Sez the NSPCC.

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Why legal aid reforms must be stopped, Exhibit A: the “child pornographer”

May 21, 2013

“Innocent people could be in jail if proposed changes to the legal system are implemented. Here is one of them.”

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Is Tom Watson in danger of fuelling a new paedophile panic?

November 9, 2012

“There is a difference between listening sympathetically to the stories of people who say that they have been abused and uncritically believing every assertion that is made, says Nelson Jones.”

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Mother Teresa and the Paedophile

January 12, 2012

“Did the ‘Saint of Calcutta’ intervene to protect one of the most notorious paedophile priests of recent years?”

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Children being children

June 7, 2011

“Are sex and shopping really the worst problems facing the nation’s children?”

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Why it is right to let sex offenders appeal their lifetime registration

February 18, 2011

“Once we take a selective approach to human rights, they cease to mean anything at all.”

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How porn blunts moral boundaries

November 11, 2010

“The popular attitude to pornography is that it’s fine as long as the kids don’t see it. But this misses the point – the direct link between adult exposure to porn and sexual abuse of children.”

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