‘Don’t call predators pedophiles’ ABC tells reporters in leaked email

Can’t hurt the tender feelings of pedophiles.

Matthew Denholm The Australian March 5, 2021
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ABC reporters in Tasmania have been told to “avoid” referring to child sex abusers as pedophiles, to avoid marginalising people with pedophilia. An email sent to all news staff this week advises against the use of the term “pedophile”, even to describe those who have serially abused children over many years.

 
The edict followed a discussion between a reporter and a local Sexual Assault Support Service last weekend, in which the service “mentioned their concerns about” use of the term in reporting.
This was prompted by reporting on alleged pedophile nurse James (Jim) Geoffrey Griffin, who killed himself in October 2019 while facing multiple charges relating to child sex abuse and producing child exploitation material.
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“Sexual Assault Support Service on the weekend … mentioned their concerns about describing Griffin as a ‘paedophile’,” says the email sent by a senior producer.
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“We should avoid it, unless we know he had a clinical diagnosis of paedophilia and instead use serial sexual offender / predator, or a sexual abuser of children and young people,” the next paragraph, in boldface, reads.
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“SASS says another consideration is from their point of view, there are a lot of paedophiles / people with paedophilia who do not act on those impulses, ­especially if they reach out for and receive professional psychological help … describing (perhaps technically inaccurately) Griffin as a paedophile could ­discourage those people from seeking help, making it more ­likely that they go on to abuse children.”
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The email has concerned and angered some ABC staff, who ­believed the views of a single support service manager were put ­before tight, accurate reporting.
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As well as concern at pandering to pedophiles, some were unhappy at having to use a convoluted phrase of eight words — “a sexual abuser of children and young people” — rather than one.
However, ABC management on Friday told The Weekend Australian the email did not constitute an official change in language use.
“There’s been no change to the ABC’s usage of the term pedophile in reporting,” a spokeswoman said. “It’s still used.
“The intent of the note was to inform staff about information from the Sexual Assault Support Service, as it’s always useful to understand the views of the ­services dealing closely with survivors. It shouldn’t have conveyed any ­official change in language use.”
At least some ABC journalists believed the edict to be binding, but others either did not, or chose to ignore it, with several instances of the word “pedophile” being used after the email was sent out.
Child abuse survivors were also concerned. Beyond Abuse spokesman Steve Fisher said dropping the term “pedophile” risked confusing the public.
“If you start changing language that has been used in the media for years there is a risk that society may be confused,” Mr Fisher said.
“The media in Tasmania have done an amazing job of exposing sex offenders and helping survivors tell their stories, so to change the language they have to use is fraught with problems.
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“In our experience, the public believe if it’s pedophilia, call it pedophilia. If it’s rape, call it rape. Not ‘sexual assault’, which can mean anything from touching to raping somebody.”
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Mr Fisher believed substituting the use of accepted terms for others needed “much more discussion” before being adopted.
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He campaigned for 20 years to have the rape and sexual abuse of children called out for what they were, rather than euphemised by terms such “maintaining a sexual relationship” with a minor.
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This was, until recently, the ­offence in Tasmania with which perpetrators of sustained sexual abuse of children would be charged.

2 thoughts on “‘Don’t call predators pedophiles’ ABC tells reporters in leaked email”

  1. Deviant behavior will be legalized as part of the great leap forward fundamental transformation.
    The anti-human agenda will proceed by any means necessary.
    It will be too late when humanity realizes how high the stakes really are and most can’t handle any reality.

  2. Here’s how ALL the so-called “soft” sciences aka “humanities” (anthropology, psychology, sociology, and even Law or criminology) really work: They all started off by examining the various symptoms and EFFECTS of human behavior, thinking, group-thinking behavior, and of criminal free-will CHOICES, respectively, but then self-invalidated by looking for hidden mysterious predestined and predetermined inevitable force “CAUSES” of it all, which degraded them all into only one criminal, excuse-making alibi topic:

    “VICTIMOLOGY!”

    So we get these two, permanently opposed philosophical poles:

    Law-abiding Conservatives: “Criminal behavior is an effect of free-will choice!”

    Criminal libertines: “But what CAUSED that choice? There’s always a cause!”

    Their implication is that there are no crimes nor criminals because we’re all “victims.”

    In short: they went from studying HOW people CHOOSE to act, to focusing on WHY (ruling out free will choice entirely)!

    So, “since” there’s no free-will choice, there’s also no mens-rea guilty mind criminal intent, either – and that means there’s no real “criminals” committing any so-called “crimes” because we’re all really ever only equally helpless and also therefore somehow righteously heroic fellow victims, entitled to only an endless right to pity and approval without having earn or prove it, while everyone who disagrees with that obviously hypocritical lie must be our wrongfully villainous oppressors, entitled to no right to defend them selves from our slanders, but having only the responsibility to become and remain our slaves for their angry “hateful” lack of pity and acclaim for us!

    And that’s both how and why libertine “liberal” criminals want to legalize all crimes, defund all cops, and empty all prisons!

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