Pedophilia and its effects
by vincentrobert on March 7, 2016 - 11:01pm
Pedophilia is an extremely controversial subject that, still as of today, makes people uneasy and creates trauma among perpetrators of the crime, their victims and the victims’ family. Adults, fearing that this concept might reach their children one way or another, act very aggressively when thinking and talking about perpetrators of such crimes. Three cases were considered as important and were extremely popular in the media. In Quebec, the recent case of dead and renowned filmmaker Claude Jutra supposedly having multiple sexual relations with young boys has shocked the population and transformed Claude Jutra’s image among Quebecers. In the United Kingdom, the glam rock singer Gary Glitter was found guilty of abusing young children in Southeast Asia, again shocking the British population and the world, as many people in the UK previously loved him. Finally, in the United States, a group of journalists found out that the Church had hidden the existence of pedophile priests for years and were the first people to show the existence of pedophilia among priests. Even if this article was published in 2002, it is still relevant, as it is a famous case of pedophilia and as it inspired the Oscar-winning film Spotlight.
Firstly, the Canadian province of Quebec was shocked to discover that one of its best filmmakers, Claude Jutra, had been a pedophile. Being born on March 11th, 1930 and having killed himself on November 5th, 1986, Jutra was notably known for directing supposedly the best Canadian film of all time (Mon oncle Antoine). Having directed other great films and having been an extremely talented artist, he was loved by the Quebec film industry and population, as many streets and parks were named after him. His suicide after learning he had Alzheimer’s disease made this reality even bigger, as prices congratulating Quebec cinema were named after him. Thirty years after his death, a biography going to be published supposedly revealed that he had relations with adolescents. However, an article exclusively published by La Presse showed a testimony revealing how Jutra starting making sexual advances to a young boy from the early age of six to his teenage years. The victim describes how Jutra gradually abused of him as he was getting older and how this abusive relationship had an enormous impact on his life as he feels his childhood and discovery of sexual pleasures were stolen by him. He also tells the journalist how he did not want to talk about it since Jutra was so beloved by everyone in Quebec and since he was artistically renowned in the whole country.
Secondly, the United Kingdom, who had already witnessed the glam rock singer Gary Glitter receiving such accusations, was still shocked to learn that he had sexually abused three young girls between 1975 and 1980. Gary Glitter was a very famous singer between the beginning of the 1970s and the mid-1980s, as he was well known for his glitter suits, his makeup and his platform boots. The article describes how the ex-singer does not acknowledge the fact that his actions had extremely harmful impacts on the victims’ lives. He was described as a “habitual sexual predator who took advantage of the star status afforded to him” and “his lack of remorse and defense that the victims were lying make his crimes all the more indefensible”.
Thirdly, the Spotlight team perfectly shows how many priests over the years have abused grammar school boys in the region of Boston and how the Catholic Church remained silent over these scandals. Their heavy power and influence allowed concerned people to remain silence for a long time until 2002. The article describes how the priest John J. Geoghan abused his victims during thirty years in the Greater Boston area. It also asks the reader how could the Church allow Geoghan to continuously rape children during thirty years without saying anything and having proof that he did it. The journalists have many testimonies confirming Geoghan’s actions and the Church did not want to answer any questions about these events at the time the article was written. It shows how the Catholic Church was deeply in deny in order to prevent heavy media backlash and a negative reaction from the population, which happened anyway and had an overwhelming impact on the Catholic Church’s image in the world as of today.
Such an issue has to be profoundly analyzed since a conclusion cannot be made easily. Pedophilia is an extremely horrific, sick and terrific behavior that cannot be accepted in our society since it is a mental illness and since it is not appropriated for a grown up man to be sexually attracted by children. Social rehabilitation has to be made and these men, who are obviously very sick, have to be cured and rehabilitated so that they do not commit these atrocious actions. Except of simply executing them or castrating them, working with them in order to find the source of the problem (which is located in their past and relations with others) is a way more useful way of dealing with the issue. Analyzing the causes of such a behavior can draw a lot of societal benefits.