They are chilling. They are chilling in the same manner that crime thrillers can be, where our hero makes the discovery that makes their blood run cold. They've been working alongside the perpetrator all along. Berelowitz explained: "We have found shocking and profoundly distressing evidence of sexual assault, including rape, being carried out by young people against other children and young people."
In the CSEGG it mentions the frightening fact that: "There is currently no reliable data on the numbers of sexually exploited children and young people. As it is a 'hidden' problem, figures that do exist are said to underestimate the numbers involved."
Why is all this happening? "A recent review of young people's attitudes to sexual imagery and violence suggested a correlation between young peopleâs access to images of sexual violence, the 'commercialisation' of sexual imagery and the prevalence of sexual violence amongst children and young people (Papadopoulos 2010). Although the findings of this report have been disputed as poorly evidenced and potentially scaremongering (Smith 2010) they reflect a general concern that too many young 18 people have come to expect sexual violence as a part of a 'normal sexual relationship."
The fact we think our children are more in danger of paedophiles than cars when out playing implies we think of our children as small tempters and tempresses.
And how much of it is children's attitude to each other that is causing or correlating with their behaviour and our attitude to children?
For instance even the fact that the media says 'child porn' rather than 'indecent images' is an indication of perceived complicity. Intended or not. The fact we think our children are more in danger of paedophiles than cars when out playing implies we think of our children as small tempters and tempresses.
In turn an alien species visiting today might infer that the human race can't stop associating sex with everything. Anything. So much so it has become a habit. A little habit that's harmless in the right place, unsociable in public, like picking your nose or constantly touching your infant genitalia (yeah we all had that kid in our class right?) in times of high anxiety. Only there's no teacher to tell you to take your fingers out of your nose and/or pants.