Is Systemic Child Abuse By Powerful People And Institutions Too Horrifying For The Public To Accept?

by William Skink

The widespread sexual abuse of children is not something people really want to know about. Pedophiles are too often depicted as lone pervs with scraggly mustaches and 80’s style glasses driving vans around looking for vulnerable kids to snatch.

While these types of monsters do exist, the real evil of child sexual abuse is that its systemic and more likely to include powerful and prominent members of a community than socially isolated perverts who can be locked away when caught.

The system of abuse can’t be locked away. It must be dismantled. But before that can happen people have to face up to how rampant sexual abuse is within the halls of power. And I’m not just talking about the Catholic church.

A decade old report detailing abuse by UN Officials should be common public knowledge, if protecting children was actually a priority for the corporate media storytellers who gate-keep the scope of abuse from emerging. Despite the recent move by UK’s parliament to release the full report, I suspect these gate-keepers will continue gate-keeping (go to the article for links):

A groundbreaking United Nations report compiled in 2002 never saw the full light of day, until now. The UK Parliament recently published the entire document, which details the sexual exploitation of refugee children by those distributing “humanitarian aid,” as well as peacekeepers and personnel in positions of power in crisis-affected areas.

The publication of a summary version of the report caused a global furor in 2002, eventually leading to some policy changes. However, these efforts have proven woefully insufficient in light of ongoing scandals, including but not limited to the recent Oxfam debacle, the Zoe’s Ark scandal, allegations of horrific sexual abuse in the Central African Republic by UN forces, and the Laura Silsby incident. All of these cases (and many others) occurred after the partial publication of the UNHCR report, pointing to one unsavory conclusion:

Aid work is not a vehicle of charity, but is, in a very real sense, a cover for atrocity. It is a weapon, a blunt instrument of power that is wielded to exploit the most vulnerable populations in crisis around the world. We can now state that sentiment as fact, not opinion.

If people understood the scope of what is happening to vulnerable minors across the globe, I think even the tribal identification of party politics would start losing cohesion. Donald Trump and Bill Clinton have billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in common, after all.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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