'we don't want to upset the Pedos'
Australian reporters working for ABC Tasmania were angered when they were advised by the channel's execs to stop using the word “pedophile” to refer to an accused serial child molester, because it could discourage other pedophiles from seeking help.
A senior producer at the network informed employees that Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) had “mentioned their concerns” about describing former nurse James Geoffrey Griffin as a pedophile.
Griffin, who subsequently committed suicide, was accused by numerous women of sexually abusing them as children and police later found “a significant amount of child exploitation material” during a search of his home. “We should avoid [the term pedophile], unless we know he had a clinical diagnosis of paedophilia and instead use serial sexual offender / predator, or a sexual abuser of children and young people,” the producer wrote in an email.
The missive also cited the SASS in advising that there are many “people with paedophilia” who “do not act on those impulses, if they reach out for and receive professional psychological help.”
The producer claimed that labelling Griffin a pedophile “could discourage” non-offending pedophiles “from seeking help, making it more likely that they go on to abuse children.”
Reporters were apparently 'concerned and angered' by the email and were later told by the network that the word “pedophile” hadn’t been banned but that the SASS’s advice should be considered.
Some respondents saw this as yet another example of how society is becoming increasingly tolerant of pedophilia, which some on the far-left have tried to re-define as an alternative sexual orientation.
We suggest the word 'nonce' be substituted in all cases.