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Tag Archive: Abuse

Jun 30 2014

Rolf Harris: the day it turned out nice men can be predators

Admitting Harris was a nice guy means admitting, too, that apparent nice guys do what he did.

Sep 13 2013

Dawkins has made the wrong apology – admirable, it still suggests he’s missed the point

Remember what I said about the Dawkins molestation controversy? ‘No doubt this too will end in an extensive, hyperdefensive explanatory blog post’? Well… ahem. In actual fact, Dawkins’ response to critics here isn’t all that extensive or hyperdefensive; it’s certainly better than what he churned out after ‘Dear Muslima‘ and the Islam debacle, and says …

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Sep 10 2013

‘Mild paedophilia’: Richard Dawkins’ molestation comments in depth

NB: contains personal reference to molestation/abuse, statements trivialising them. Camp Dawkins have been after me since this morning, claiming that post misrepresented him, took what he said out of context or misunderstood his point. I don’t think any of this holds, and I’m conscious too that I’ve heard clarifications from him before. When he told Rebecca Watson …

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Sep 10 2013

Richard Dawkins won’t condemn ‘mild’ child molestation

NB: contains personal accounts of adult-child molestation, graphic reference to domestic violence and corporal punishment. Imagine a senior Catholic official – a British archbishop, say, or a cardinal in Rome – spoke to the Times about his childhood church. Imagine he described a village priest who ‘pulled me on to his knee and put his hand inside …

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Aug 30 2013

Shouting arson in a crowded theatre: rape, reputations and reasonable suspicion

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Greta, over on her blog, has a summary of statements made to date against Michael Shermer. As of this writing, August 20 2013, 12:19 Pacific time, according to Jason Thibeault’s timeline: We have one unnamed source reporting that Shermer, to use her own phrasing, coerced her into a position where she could not consent, and then …

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