[Ansteorra] Bad things
engtrktwo at earthlink.net
Tue May 15 08:28:55 PDT 2007
I offer the following as constructive information, I mean no offense,
these are just statements of fact concerning my own thoughts on this issue.
1) I do not believe that any of the crimes that sparked this situation
took place at a sanctioned SCA event or meeting. As I understand it, the
perpetrator created a false sense of security with the victims and their
parents, granting him access that he probably would have gotten even if
he were not in the SCA.
2) The majority of our efforts as mentioned on this list will ultimately
serve as protection against claims of liability , charges of criminal
negligence, and false accusations of child abuse. It is likely that
only in a very, very few instances will these measures actually
encounter a pedophile to deter.
3) A vigilant, involved parent is the best protection for children, bar
none. ALL of our efforts, attitudes and ideas should work with and
respect this security model.
4) Tivar asked a rebuttal question to a gentile on the list as to how
many pedophiles we thought were in the SCA. I do not know how to answer
to this question myself. But I think we would be kidding ourselves if we
didn't believe that their was at least one pedophile reading these very
e-mails right now, considering his current situation, and what
loop-holes he could exploit.
*Please, I do not want to be an alarmist, or a sensationalist, and
neither are my motive for the fourth comment. I just don't want us
loosing sight of the fact that the enemy here is as smart and adaptive
as we are.*
5) Last, I am modestly concerned that failing a background check will
mark some of us. I do not know the criteria of the checks for when or if
they are instituted. But if someone fails a background check, (and in
the SCA, the idea of that fact staying private is naive) I am concerned
that suspicion and paranoia might set in even though the gentile in
question may have failed for something totally unrelated to child
Please don't misunderstand me. I an all for background checks, and
revamping and reinforcing our current system of child management and
supervision. And in turn protecting ourselves) I just don't want their
to be any illusions about these procedures going through without drawbacks.
Lord Ivo Blackhawk.
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