The Persecution Process
During persecution, a lot of dirty things happen, as the following
- A young boy testified in court that two uniformed Los Angeles
Police Department policemen held
him over a cliff to get him to admit to having sex with a man.
- How Conny broke down and told
- Paul and his brothers have been
forced to make false accusations.
- The moral of Chris, a
14-year-old gay boy, was that "the only real crime in
this was the way I was treated by the authorities".
But even without extremal pressure, the whole process of
persecution is very dangerous for the
- The fear of detection has already a
negative influence on the pedosexual relation.
- The discovery itself is usually
unwanted by the child.
- Traumatization caused by outing - the
sexual orientation and desires of the child become public.
- Separation from the adult friend.
- Traumatization by the police
interrogation, police doctors and in court.
- Feelings of blame and guilt may be
caused by very different reasons:
- Loose of trust to parents and
other autorities if they have got the information from the child using
false promises (like "tell it, we will find a solution in your
interest"), or simply if the child had told it to a person of trust
without assuming the real consequences.
- In the case of incest, there are also "costs" for the
non-offending parent (relational, financial, vocational, and
residential) (Massat & Lundy
See results about the rate of persecution.
Penalties for sexual relations are extremal especially in
English-speaking regions like US or UK.
- The Butler case, an extremal penalty
(21 life sentences + 10 years) for a consensual relation in Nevada.
- For a massage you can get 3 1/2 year in
Dade City 1988;
- Even for being nude on a family photo you can get
1 year in Michigan 1995;
- About the recent witch-hunt by GB police with "trawling
Persecution in the internet
About internet-related activities of the FBI and their
justification see Kincaid 2000.