Growing up my mother and father were very protective of me, and with very good reasoning. It seemed that hardly a day went by when the news didn’t report on some disappearance of a child, their murder or molestation and abuse or kiddy porn or other sick goings on like that. In fact I remember one year at the local fair my mother wouldn’t’t let me go and throw something away because her ever watchful eye spotted someone, a man, standing at a distance staring directly at me and scratching his groin at the same time. Children are easy targets, and sadly for the sick minded they more often then not end up being the ones acted out on. Thank whatever God you believe in that there are at least some parents that keep as much of an eagle eye on their children as then possibly can.
But how do you deal with people that pull things like this? Most in society would say, arrest him (or her) on charges of child endangerment or wrongfully dealing with a minor. They would be right and I one hundred percent agree with that statement. They might as well pull the plug on having a normal life ever again because once a person goes the direction of hurting a child, their life is over. It is well known that even hardened criminals, murderers…people who destroyed their own lives by heartlessly causing the violent death of other adults…have no respect for anyone that harms a child. So vehement about how they feel about hurting a child like that, some of these criminals have been known to so much as take the life of the offending party.
Even when, or even if, they make it out of jail they’re life is over. First of all they have to report to a parole officer for many years. Second many of them are limited in they’re travel, most only can travel within the county they end up living in, some the state. It depends on the severity of what they did. Even when parole has been lifted and they are free to roam, again where will they go where they can escape the past? Nowhere because even after parole is done they have to register on the sex offenders list every time they move. Then everyone in a…everywhere radius. They can never escape what they’ve done. Do we need to really encourage them to do this?
Apparently so. 47 year old Phillip Ray Greaves II of Pueblo Colorado decided to write a book entitled “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lovers’s Code of Conduct” and marketed it on Amazon.com. The article printed in The Denver Post mentioned that Greaves has no criminal record, was cooperative, and surrendered a copy of the book when asked. Greaves insists that his book does not advocate harming children and that it offers advice that keeps a pedophile to abide by the law.
Ok, ok…he says his book doesn’t’t advocate harming a child…but in essence it really does. Note that he doesn’t’t at anytime even mention that just fostering those kinds of thoughts towards children is morally offensive and that such a person needs help. In stead it offers alternatives. This is not a situation that requires alternatives. These people are sick and need major help before they end up acting out what they are fantasizing in their minds, as so many unfortunately have done. So is it really wise to actually write a guide that in reality hints that their feelings are OK if their not acted on even though its not OK even if they don’t act on them? Could this end up pushing such people onto the road that leads to actually acting out what their fantasies are? Is this really the kind of message we want to send to these people? I should certainly hope not!
Remember this: somewhere along their path that led them to the point in they’re life they are at now, someone, either directly or inadvertently, made having such feelings OK in they’re mind. Possibly when they were very young themselves. Once that happened the situation worsened in they’re minds and since they obviously had no help in realizing that the way they were feeling was wrong, and so left unchecked it led them to they’re present situation.
It’s a really smart move on Amazon’s part to have pulled this book off its site, but why is there no submission approval on the site in the first place? It seems to me that a major on line media retailer, such as Amazon.com, would regulate what is sold on they’re site more closely so as to cover themselves from major legal backlash. How did this book with such a clear purpose, and with such a clear slant, make it on to a site without even so much as an editor checking for type-o’s? Something is not right with this picture. Someone needs to lose they’re job at Amazon, and Amazon needs to be fined for even letting it make it to the “sales floor”. The writer of the book should be heavily fined as well for trying to market such a monstrosity.
We keep trying to catch these people and get them off the streets. We should never do anything that even remotely encourages them to continue what they are doing. To do so is to destroy our future.