Conflicting thoughts

I read a couple of interesting articles this week with very different opinions about Woody Allen. I have mixed feelings on the issue. I should write about it… What are your thoughts? Is the media silencing victims when they don’t raise allegations of abuse in interviews? Should Allen be denied a spot in a film […]

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NaBloPoMo: I did it!

One post a day, every day for a month! I tried NaBloPoMo once many years ago, on an earlier blog. Actually, I think it was on LiveJournal. But I gave up about half way through the month. Really pleased to have completed it this time. I still hope to keep posting here, but now that […]

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Setbacks

I’m very glad the most stressful period is over, and now I can live a relatively stable life. But it’s a small world, and there’s always s chance of bumping into someone who knows, as happened tonight. I’m now out of the social group I was in, but the shared interest means our lives still […]

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Justice vs. Sex

So, I’m on the Sex Offenders Registry for eight years. What’s the bet there’ll be changes to legislation between now and then? Changes that get grandfathered into the current scheme and therefore apply to people already on the registry? Applying penalties retrospectively is something you generally just don’t do in law, but there’s a push […]

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Christmas approaches

We alternate Christmases. I have the kids one Christmas, and their mum has them the next. I just realised, with mild alarm, that it would be my turn to organise gifts from Santa this year, as the kids will be with me. I have enough trouble thinking what to get them from me, let alone […]

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Violence against women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here in Australia, it manifests itself as White Ribbon Day, which I guess is a bit less of a mouthful… Clementine Ford wrote a great article today about how the White Ribbon campaign risks being little more than ineffective tokenism – something “good […]

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A healthy interest

There’s a school a couple of blocks from where I work, and I’ll sometimes see students out and about when getting lunch. It’s a year nine campus, so they’re all about 15. I haven’t seen any of them for a few days, and I’ve just realised that they’ve possibly already finished school for the year, […]

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Lack of research

One of the unfortunate side-effects of social stigma and mandatory reporting, aside from the disincentive to seek support, is that it makes it almost impossible to do meaningful research. How many people are attracted to children? Exclusively or non-exclusively? How many act on that attraction? Does mandatory reporting ensure a significant number of children get […]

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