A paedophile who repeatedly raped an eleven year old child was today described by the main steam media as having ‘had a fling‘ with the child. The url leading to the story describes the rapes as ‘romps’. Items given to the child were described as a ‘reward’. In other media outlets, the repeated rape is described as ‘a ten month affair‘.
There is a double standard being applied here by a media which normally delights in using words like ‘lure’ or ‘groomed’, ’sexually abused’ and definitely ‘rape’ – which is the legal term where the child is under 13 years of age and the perpetrator over 18.
The reason for the double standards appears to be that in this case the perpetrator was a woman, and the victim an eleven year old boy. I can only assume that for some in the media, this fulfils a fantasy that they have not lost since their childhood – that of the ‘obliging’ older woman.
Reports gloat over the fact that the offence was committed almost 200 times – you can almost hear the beery, leery glee of the journalists as they chuckle ‘lucky beggar’ – and ‘he got a pair of trainers thrown in too’.
Reporting such as this is part of the demonisation of the white English male – the rape of children is against the law, is morally wrong; it doesn’t vary in its repugnance depending on whether it is carried out by men or women.
36-year old Angela Sullivan was jailed today for nine years – a considerably lower sentence than the 18 years given to Martyn Palmer who was sentenced last month for attempting to groom a 15 year old girl.
From which we must deduce that if you are a woman, raping a child 200 times is only half as bad as a man attempting to persuade a girl to have sex a few months before her 16th birthday.
The hypocrisy behind these double standards does nothing to protect children.