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UK: Sexual abuse victim claims council would have treated case differently if father had not been gay

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  1. Of course when a victim of child abuse makes allegations like this about institutional failures, they deserve to be listened to and the accuser given the benefit of the doubt *at the very least* — ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is not a license for rape suspects, nor their enablers, to demand their story be presumed true at the expense of the alleged victim, who in all probability is telling the truth.

    But the Telegraph (perhaps the most hate-spewing, homophobic newspaper in the UK) is NOT welcome in this debate and I have EVERY reason to believe they are using this story to poison readers’ perceptions about the gay community (who they despise). I’m sorry if that’s insinuation, but a Telegraph report about the gay child abusers is as unnecessary as a Der Sturmer article on Zionism.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 28 Mar 2013, 6:51pm

      I agree with you entirely. Who but the Telegraph or Mail would give this so much coverage and I’m sure it’s intent was to foment homophobia, even more so now that the equal marriage debate continues. If this had been a straight couple abusing a child in their care, and I believe the Telegraph and Mail probably think such a thing doesn’t exist if the perpetrators happen to be straight, then I doubt if they’d be sensationalising it and the sexual orientation not even brought up for denigration, derision and ridicule. Both rags are not worthy of decent journalism and this surely wouldn’t pass for any.

      1. This sort of thing happens of course in every community. The Mail and Telegraph would simply run out of space if they attempted to report on every one, or even report on a large number. Of course they will manage to squeeze this one in.

  2. What a revolting case. 30 months doesn’t seem nearly enough for what they did to that child. The apology from Wakefield Council “we have learned from his experiences” is sickening. What have they learned – not to be uncaring bastards? £25,000 compensation isn’t nearly enough either. Of course the right wing press will have a ball with this but they won’t be able to claim it is unique – or even more prevalent – to Gay parents.

  3. It must be horrible for someone to be given up for adoption and then abused by your adoptive parents. Poor guy.

    But I don’t agree with his claim. Council’s make mistakes, gay or straight.

    It doesn’t surprise me the telelgraph printed a story to try and scapegoat gay men as the ‘evil’ ones.

    1. ...a talent to abuse. 29 Mar 2013, 2:15am

      People who ‘work’ for local authorities are, without exception, SCUM. No ifs or buts, they are self-serving, parasitic filth. They are almost as disgusting examples of humanity as the police. A pox on the lot of them.

      1. A bit strong but in my experience I have to agree that their standards of doing a job effectively and efficiently is not the best.

        Try and get hold of a social worker on a Friday.

        I deal with the elderly, not kids and I dread having to contact social services to get a straight answer or a quick decision about anything.

  4. “Cannon was allowed to adopt Andy in December 1997, when the youngster was aged eight.

    This came despite the fact he had earlier been convicted and put on probation for 12 months for assaulting the boy’s mother, possessing cannabis and handling a stolen computer.”

    Wtf?

    I think they’re just incompetent not overly PC. How many other children have they placed with violent criminals?

  5. There have been probably hundreds of cases where the parents or guardians have been straight, we’ve read about them for years.

    But how many of those articles spell out that the abusers are straight?

    None.

    Here the article is actually implying this happened because they were gay.

    Typical weasel journalism. Start with the angle and then compose the article.

  6. Spanner1960 29 Mar 2013, 12:12pm

    I wondered how quickly many on here would jump to their defence.

    “Oh, they’re gay, so it must be all lies and homophobia.”

    There are just as many gay shitebags out there as there are straight ones, and every situation should be judged on it’s own merit. That said, I don’t doubt the classic leftie social worker assuming a couple could never abuse a child.

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