From Liz Terry: I couldn’t have put this better myself! One extra comment I will make though – the abuse may have happened years ago, but you can be sure that, for the victims, it might as well have happened yesterday. Many will be reliving the experience every day. One of my family members has had her own memories of sexual abuse in childhood coming into her dreams every night simply because this story has been in the news. Rape and abuse of any kind are always a life-sentence for the victim.
When I was 8, I wrote to Jim’ll Fix It to request that my wish for long hair be granted (at 8, I realised that short hair was most un-princess-like and unfeminine and was rightfully pursuing actions that could rectify the situation). At the time, I was sad to receive no reply, but, since it turns out that the BBC was a 70s refuge for paedophiles, I am somewhat relieved.
Perhaps I am using the wrong terminology. According to the writer Tim Worstall, Jimmy was not a paedophile, since his “sexual preference” was for “mid-to-late adolescents” rather than children, and that Jimmy’s “attractions” are quite normal amongst males. Many commentators on Mr Worstall’s, ahem, surprising piece on male sexuality and indeed more widely, see the uproar around Jimmy’s systematic rape of girls as a necrophiliac lynching of feminist design. They fear a wider “witch hunt” of other victims…
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