September 7th 2002


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FAMILY: Child predators: the untold story

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Child predators: the untold story


by Babette Francis

News Weekly, September 7, 2002
Over several months Mark Crutcher, executive director of Life Dynamics, a pro-life organisation based in Texas, conducted an investigation into the issue of teen pregnancy.

He found underage girls, some as young as 10, were being sexually exploited by adult men in numbers unprecedented in American history. Among girls 15 and younger who become pregnant, between 60 and 80 percent of them were impregnated by adult men.

He also uncovered data showing that as the age of the victim goes down, the age of the perpetrator goes up. In America a junior high school girl is more likely to become pregnant by an adult than by someone close to her own age.

Underage

Mark Crutcher says his country is experiencing an epidemic of child sexual abuse, and that the the driving force behind this disaster is the fact that men who prey on underage girls have powerful national organizations willing to protect them.

His investigation uncovered irrefutable evidence that both Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation - often operating on taxpayer dollars - knowingly conceal these crimes while aiding and abetting the sexual predators who commit them.

To test this conclusion, Life Dynamics conducted a covert survey in which they called over 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities across the country. The caller portrayed a 13-year-old girl who was pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend. Her story was that she wanted an abortion because she and her boyfriend did not want her parents to find out about the sexual relationship.

In every call, the ages of the girl and her boyfriend were made perfectly clear. It was also made clear that the motivation for the abortion was to conceal this illicit sexual activity from the girl's parents and the authorities. Additionally, the caller never said a single thing that might suggest that her parents would become abusive if they discovered her sexual activity.

Mark states that "the results of this survey were appalling. Even though many of these clinic workers openly acknowledged that this situation was illegal and that they were required to report it to the state, the overwhelming majority readily agreed to conceal this illegal sexual activity".

In all 50 states, sexual activity with underage children is illegal. Also, every state mandates that if a healthcare worker has reason to suspect that an underage girl is being sexually abused, they are required by law to report that information to a designated law enforcement or child protective services agency.

Because the pregnancy of an underage girl is evidence that she is the victim of sexual abuse, any healthcare worker who has contact with a pregnant underage girl has an obligation to initiate a report to the state.

I was reminded of Mark Crutcher's investigations when social worker Les Twentyman pleaded for compassion and "tolerance zones" for street prostitutes in St Kilda. He said that many of these prostitutes were as young as 13 or 15, and had run away from home because of sex abuse.

One wonders why their abusers are not prosecuted - I have drawn this matter to the attention of the Premier, Attorney-General Rob Hulls and the police. As Twentyman knows the girls, it should not be too difficult to track down whoever was abusing them in their homes. It seems extraordinary to provide "tolerance zones" where these girls can be further abused by "clients".

Some of the sex-education - contraceptive-abortion programs linked with Australia's Family Planning Association (which like Planned Parenthood of America is affiliated witht the International Planned Parenthood Federation) may also be responsible for encouraging or covering up the sexual exploitation of under-age-of-consent girls.

Story

Recently A Current Affair on Channel 9 reported the horrifying story of a young girl, who with her younger sister was abandoned by their mother and left with the mother's boyfriend, who sexually abused her for years and made her pregnant at age 11. She had an abortion, was made pregnant again at 15, and had the baby.

She eventually escaped with her baby and her sister when she feared her abuser would molest her sister.

The significant query about this terrible story is why the aborting doctor and clinic did not report to the police that their pregnant patient was aged 11. She could have been spared years of abuse and suffering, and the perpetrator put in jail.

When the Victorian Government is trying to prosecute shopkeepers who sell tobacco to under-age teens, it seems incongruous that family planning clinics and abortionists are able to provide birth control and/or abortions to adolescents who may be victims of rape or incest, and no questions are asked.

  • Babette Francis - babette@endeavourforum.org.au




























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