I have been getting more and more angry this last week.
A friend just sent me a link to a blog article that really touches on a lot of what's bugging me. Let me set the stage first:
There has been a bit of a quadruple whammy for me in the press lately, and it has me churning about several themes: The way victims of child sexual abuse feel about how people treat their abusers, and especially when the abuser is high profile, and how the victims act when they see people supporting their abusers. I'm not going to go into any detail about that right now. But rest assured it's critically important, both to the well being of the victims, and the prosecution of the offenders. And it's very complex. And I can't deal with it right now.
Here are some things that set me off:
1. The trial of Elizabeth Smart's abductor is in the news this week. Elizabeth is 21 now and stronger and more mature than me, and probably you too. I truly hope that she is as strong inside as she is outwardly, because she's really kicking some serious ass in her testimony at the trial. If she's not that strong inside, I hope lots of people are telling her that she's kicking some serious ass, because it will help her greatly to hear that.
2. Mackenzie Philips' big sensational revelation about her incestuous relationship. I'm not going to get into the details too much. I don't know what to make of it, probably only because she's a star, and has used her situation in the past to get press. After reading this CNN article, though I wholeheartedly believe what she's saying, and clearly has been thinking about some of the same things that I've been thinking about.
"There's very little in this world that is taboo today, but this subject is still, like, shove it under the carpet, sweep it away, protect the abuser, deny the reality. ... You're just on your own," the former child star said.
3. There's this jackass that President Obama criminally appointed as "Safe Schools Czar:" Kevin Jennings.
I posted a bit on him yesterday, but there's actually a whole lot more that I DIDN'T post. This guy is a severe problem, not just for individuals, but for society as a whole. This creep, and people like him are simple perpetuating the problem through their actions and inaction.
4. Then there's this guy: Roman Polanski. He opens up a can of worms for me. His supporters open up a can of worms for me, his victim even opens up a can of worms for me. I'm not going to go into any of THAT right now either.
The point of this post is to direct you to go read another blog. There is an OUTSTANDING post about Roman Polanski, detailing EXACTLY many of the things that I have been thinking about in the last week, since his arrest. Here are some excerpts from this really great article, and I'd ask you to PLEASE go read it.
Robert Goolrick writes:
It appears that Roman Polanski, the film-directing admitted child rapist, has become something of a martyr to some of the smartest and most creative people in the world. People from Pedro Almodovar to Jack Lang, the former Minister of Culture in France, are attempting to portray Polanski as a man pursued by cruel and relentless demons, as though he were a victim of the Salem witch trials.
Their mitigating circumstance? He is a great Artist of the cinema. And it makes me want to vomit.
Define Artist. Not so easy to do. Now define pedophiliac child rapist. Pretty simple. If Polanski had been, say, a bus driver in Cleveland who had fed Quaaludes and Champagne to a thirteen-year-old girl and then raped and sodomized her, I doubt Jack Lang would be so quick to tell the rest of us about the privileges that come with driving a bus.
Now please, go over to that blog and read the article. There are two pages, don't miss the second page.