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“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.”
-Stephen Hawking

Pedophiles have been making the news quite regularly lately. First it was the pedophile “instruction manual” found in Florida. Then it was the expose involving NAMBLA’s substantial presence in Facebook. Now it is the uproar over Amazon.com allowing the book “A Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure” to be sold on its virtual shelves.

Yes, Pedophiles have been all over national headlines lately, and many people are hopping mad. I, for one, think it is a good thing. Let me be absolutely and perfectly clear that I think these pedophiles and pedophile organizations, and everything they stand for are absolutely horrible, detestable and repulsive. That being said, I think it is a good thing that someone was stupid enough to write a book on how to sexually abuse children and then let that book get into the hands of the police. I think it is good that NAMBLA was discovered hiding in plain sight on Facebook. I also think it is good that “A Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure” was placed for sale on Amazon.com.

Let me explain. I firmly believe that for a long time we have been under an “illusion of knowledge” when it comes to our efforts to protect children from sexual abuse. We have been deluded for so long into believing that what we do to protect children for pedophiles, predators and molesters has been working. Well, it does not. Tens of millions of people in this country who are child sexual abuse survivors, many of whom are suffering in silence, would tell you. Now, cold, hard pedophile news facts are telling you the same thing, only louder.

As is usually the case with alarming news, the natural reaction to these latest pedophile news stories is to “shoot” the wrong people. Boycott Amazon, maybe boycott Facebook (no wait, we’re addicted to Facebook, and it’s free so we can’t do that). I certainly think Amazon should seriously reconsider what types of books it is willing to sell (for example would they sell a book teaching people step by step how to kill people and get away with it?) I also think Facebook needs to seriously reconsider the efforts it dedicates to keeping its networks safer. Wasting time organizing boycotts with the intent to do damage to these businesses though, seems to me to be a waste of time.

Instead, take these news developments for what they are. They are a wake up call and a declaration of war – a war for the minds, hearts and spirits of our children. As with any other time the enemy is so accommodating as to visibly and loudly declare war, and then lay out their plans (what do you think is contained in those books), it would behoove us to dedicate our efforts to learning everything we can about the enemy and their plans so we can effectively fight back.

The recent pedophile news stories show how sophisticated and organized pedophiles, predators and molesters are. It is a wakeup call. They are tipping their hand. We need to take this opportunity to learn everything about them and then develop and implement child sexual abuse prevention strategies that actually work. That’s what I’ll be doing.

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.”
-Stephen Hawking

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