By Joel Warner
By Michael Roberts
By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
No Kidding Around
Regarding Karen Bowers's "A Wealth of Trouble," in the March 15 issue:
1. Parents have no choice but to believe their children with regard to claims of sexual abuse. Parents would be negligent if they did not believe their children.
2. A child can have childish fantasies about many things and still be telling the clear-cut truth about an actual sexual intrusion on him by an adult.
3. The DA's office turns away many cases for lack of evidence. Apparently, there was sufficient cause in the Huttner case for the DA to pursue it.
Name withheld on request
Back in the early 1930s, when I was just a tad, the little girl next door took me into her playhouse and proceeded to teach me a game she called "Chicky." It was a rather interesting game and was proceeding quite well when I looked up and saw her mother peering through the playhouse door. She said: "Carroll, you'd better go home now. Frankie has to come in and take a nap." That was all that was ever said about it. I suppose nowadays it would evolve into a major court case, though I don't know who the defendant would be.
Today there seem to be a lot of people uptight about tushie-touching.
Some sixty-odd years later, I find myself in a state of confusion, because if I interpret all the ads I see as I thumb through Westword, including the Romance section, a good portion of these tushie-touched toddlers will grow up and probably spend a good deal of time and money trying to find someone to play "Chicky" and touch their tushies.
I will be the first to admit that cases of false accusations of sexual abuse on children do occur, but l wonder if Ms. Huttner may have used her reputation and money to avoid prosecution and is now playing on the public's sympathy to restore her public image. It's unfortunate that her grandson will live with the scars of this long after her reputation has recovered; it's even more unfortunate that her reputation was far more important to her than the relationship with her grandson.
I befriended a man who was accused by his ten-year-old son and a stepson of molestation. He had me convinced that it was just a vindictive story conjured up by his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend to get even with him. His retired parents invested their life savings to pay for legal representation and I loaned him the money for a psychological evaluation, because we all believed he had been the victim here. I visited him after his arrest and watched him shed tears that I thought were shed because he was falsely accused--but it was actually because he knew what he was guilty of and knew what life would be like in prison.
Eight months after the case ended and after the "heat was off," he finally broke down and admitted that he had molested his ten-year-old son as well as his younger son by his former girlfriend. His only concern was that this would ruin his reputation--but there was never even one bit of remorse for what he had done to these little boys.
Individuals like this are professional liars; they may fool a jury once, but the "grand jury" is still out, and I am convinced they will receive their just sentences. The state registry of sex offenders is the only means parents have of protecting their children from these individuals. This registry should be available to any and all individuals through the public library, and anyone accused should be listed regardless of whether they were actually convicted of the crime. Any parent who hires a caretaker for children, becomes involved with an individual and exposes a child to this type of danger or entrusts the welfare of a child to a teacher, counselor, etc., should have the right and the opportunity to find out if that individual has ever been accused of any sexual misconduct involving kids. If the courts and the system cannot protect children, then parents need to fight for legislation that will allow them the power and right to prevent such crimes before they occur.
Here's the Pitch
After seeing the March 22 installment of Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario, "Rockies' Road," I had to write and congratulate Westword on this fine cartoonist. He's certainly had more hits than we'll see from those replacement players! In honor of all his work, I nominate Kenny Be to throw out the first pitch at opening day at Coors Field.
This is to let Kenny Be know that I'm really enjoying his latest series. It's funny, well-done and an astute commentary on the baseball strike. Many people seem to misunderstand what this strike is all about because they get sidetracked by the enormous sums of money involved. But make no mistake--the strike is more about the owners' attempt to bust the players' union than it is about money. It's ugly, as all strikes are. It's about power and control, who has it and who doesn't. The owners want control, like most bosses do, and the players are in an all-out fight to keep their union because they realize they need collective strength to negotiate with the owners. Throw in "replacement" players and some so-called fans who are willing to cross the picket line to watch the "replacements" (otherwise known as scabs), and you have an even uglier situation.