Anorak | Teenager escapes jail over child rape – tabloids ignore the respectable perverts

Teenager escapes jail over child rape – tabloids ignore the respectable perverts

by | 4th, July 2012

IN Teenager ‘corrupted’ by porn rapes girl, 5“, the Sun’s Emily Nash tells readers that a 15-year-old who raped a five-year-old when he was 14 will not go to prison. Why? Because, as Judge Gareth Hawkesworth told him:

“You have not shown any particular sexual interest in children. I’m satisfied it was impulsive and I believe you have become sexualised by your exposure to and the corruption of pornography. our exposure at such a young age has ended in tragedy. It was the fault of the world and society.”

The teenager, who was working as the toddler’s paid babysitter (£10), was handed a three-year community order. He also received a five-year sexual offences prevention order, the terms of which forbid him from experiencing porn.

Julia Flanagan, defending, told Cambridge Crown Court:

“He was watching excessive pornography, which was very inappropriate for his age. We have a very frightened and remorseful boy who is very ashamed. This was an isolated incident. There was no threat or force used. The boy — now 15 but too young to be named — told cops he had “lost his mind”. He added: “I think my hormones took over.”

Corinne Sweet, psychologist, tells Daily Mirror readers:

Over the last 20 years we have seen increasing sexualisation of young people. But often children are too young to make any sense of the videos or images they see. You cannot simply say that children act out pornography in a copycat manner. But what they glean from sexual videos does affect how they behave. Research suggests that exposure to extreme pornography desensitises children. They can be so immersed in pornography it becomes their norm.

Explicit videos arouse feelings in children they cannot process, and those feelings have to be let out ­somewhere.

If they see things online, they may act them out. We are building ourselves a sexual timebomb by making pornography so easy to access.

Most pornography shows fantasy relationships – inequality and domination.

This is not a healthy message to send to our kids.

The Daily Express quotes Tory MP Nick de Bois, who sits on the Justice Committee:

“A 14-year-old knows what is right and what is wrong. This shocking act should have been punished with a detention and training order at least. I dread to think what message this sends out to others. I think it would have been more appropriate for the judge to look to the parents and their son’s responsibilities than blame society.”

Is the judge so very out of kilter with the concept of punishment? The Sun omits to mention that the boy is banned from viewing all and any porn. So does the Daily Mail , which uses the case to promtoe its

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