Told “You’ll Grow Out Of It”

January 24, 2012


http://www.theage.com.au/national/told-id-grow-out-of-it-sodomised-boy-punished-by-court-now-seeks-pardon-as-a-man-20120124-1qesc.html

 

In this case, a 14 year old boy in 1977 was charged with sodomy and dealt with in a way which makes me shudder with disbelief. When I read this story, I realised we may have become more thoughtful and caring, but we still have a long way to go.

I hope this case is dealt with in a healing way for the man involved, and I further hope the people who deal with such crimes never treat a child as this man was treated when he was so young.

The laws against sodomy have been repealed in all Australian states, with Tasmania being the last state to do so.  That is a step forward, and if it had been the case back in 1977, the young Tom Anderson would never have received such a stupid charge, but even so, the idea of charging the victim in a case such as this is terrible.

Victims of crimes are still being targeted and blamed for what happens to them. I hope our society may soon realise the stupidity and inhumanity of these actions.

 

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