Dustin Stinett wrote:The point is, a pedophile is a pedophile regardless of sexual orientation. Why do we never hear the phrase "heterosexual pedophile" used?
Yes, exactly. And using the qualifier 'homosexual' is a distraction and tends to suggest the person's own prejudices. I also acknowledge the difficulty you faced in your single experience of this sort of matter, Dustin.
The fact is that people don't come forward with the details in serious cases for a number of reasons. Some don't feel it's worth the bother or that it's not their business. But usually because, while indicators of predatory behavior and "grooming" may exist (and of course be easily challenged unless they are through collated online activity or other hard evidence) it is often difficult to prove an offense. And if you can't guarantee you can prove it, why go through the hassle?
David Alexander may scoff about this matter (as he often does), but it's no joke.
I personally intervened in one case where a famous magician was trying to get minors to stay in his room at a convention. These kids found the offer attractive as it saved them money and they were close to a famous person. Now the minors could
have stayed in the room and nothing may
have transpired in the event, but all the warning signs would lead any sensible adult to discourage the window of opportunity being allowed to open. I had no idea about this person at the time and thought discouraging it was the best course of action. I have since heard numerous similar stories (hearsay of course) about that person and that they are well know for it amongst US pros but that no one with any knowledge of specific activities is known to have brought it to the attention of the authorities.
I know of another two cases where action was taken but is yet to be general knowledge and likely never will be. Of course, I am not going to air any of the details here, so naysayers may scoff all they want. The sources are indeed reliable, no matter whether that is a target for ridicule by some.
By the way, I would love to read Richard's views on this issue, since he started the thread!