Putting chil­dren be­fore ex­cuses

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

I am ap­palled that peo­ple thought the pa­per was in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle about Mr Rad­ford. What is wrong with you who think this? The is­sue is not Mr Rad­ford’s pri­vacy or com­mu­nity shame, it’s about child abuse and I say thank you South Waikato News for out­ing this preda­tor.

Mr Rad­ford claimed he had an ad­dic­tion, Ac­cord­ing to NETSAFE ‘‘in or­der for you to watch child pornog­ra­phy, a child has to first be sex­u­ally abused’’. Child porn is not an ad­dic­tion it is a crime.

If you are sex­u­ally stim­u­lated by look­ing at chil­dren and you teach chil­dren all day how can Mr Rad­ford claim that his porn prob­lem never af­fected his teach­ing? I re­fute his fee­ble ex­cuses.

I find it hard to be­lieve that his prob­lem went un­de­tected for so long. Per­haps the fact is that peo­ple are ill equipped to iden­tify warn­ing signs.

For decades peo­ple have been too scared or ashamed to deal with child abuse be­cause of its sen­si­tive and em­bar­rass­ing na­ture but how many more chil­dren will be abused while we are too ashamed to talk about it?

For help or in­for­ma­tion google Netsafe, CPS, Child Youth and Fam­ily, po­lice, safenet­work, or sto­pit­now web­sites

Anna, Toko­roa di­verse, pos­i­tive things go­ing on in the South Waikato, while not shirk­ing from the ex­pec­ta­tion that the me­dia will alert us to any du­bi­ous go­ings-on.

Keep up the good work Florence. C Bovey Toko­roa

BUD­DING JOUR­NAL­ISTS: Toko­roa North School’s bud­ding jour­nal­ists paid South Waikato News a visit to learn about the trade. The stu­dents learnt how a pa­per is put to­gether and in­ter­view tech­niques.

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