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A bill termed by critics as the "Pedophile Protection Act" is now on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk awaiting his signature after it passed both legislative houses. The bill would drastically reduce the requirements for mandatory reporting of sexual, physical and emotional abuse of children.

Under present California law, all persons who regularly come in contact with children as part of their jobs are required to report any instance where there is reason to believe that a child has been molested or abused. The new bill would eliminate mandatory reporting for anyone working as a volunteer in any capacity.

The bill would also eliminate mandatory reporting in cases where children are having sex with each other, and would eliminate "severe emotional abuse" as a reportable event.

The bill was introduced and promoted in the legislature by Sen. Sheila Keuhl, who is openly a lesbian.

Opponents of the bill believe that it was motivated by an investigation that revealed that Planned Parenthood has been contacted by more than 30,000 children in California -- some of them as young as six years old with sexually transmitted diseases -- but has never reported a single instance of abuse to law enforcement.

"This is a reprehensible act by Sheila Keuhl," said Richard D. Ackerman, Vice-President of Legal Affairs for the Pro-Family Law Center in Southern California, "The one common denominator among civilized persons is the ability to rally around the protection of our children. Even one case of unreported abuse has the potential to begin a generational cycle of continuing abuse, and could even result in the death of a child."

Opponents of SB1313 are contacting Gov. Schwarzenegger and encouraging him not to sign the bill into law.

See also: Bill Dubbed 'Pedophile Protection Act'

Comments

April 3, 2008 at 1:54 am
(1) Melissa says:

Pedophiles are people too. They should have the same rights and resourses to help protect them. If a child concents it shouldn’t be considered abuse anyway. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe some children do want to have sex?

May 20, 2011 at 12:33 am
(2) tlludwig says:

Are you out of effing mind? Children cannot consent to sex. You are sick. Consider yourself lucky that you are on the internet.

November 26, 2011 at 3:31 am
(3) khubaib ghafari says:

ur sick, children are children. They dont know what they are doing and later on they will suffer. even if they do want it , they can find some one thier age. not a 60 yrs old with a 5 or 8 yrs old

May 30, 2008 at 1:00 am
(4) Tyciol says:

I don’t really like the way this announcement is written. I’d call it dripping with bias. Being openly a lesbian is completely irrelevant, and homosexual discrimination to mention it, I believe.

This act is not being passed to ‘protect pedophiles’. Currently, having laws forcing VOLUNTEERS to mandatorally report things, is completely ridiculous. It is right to repeal it. That is too much responsibility to put in a volunteer’s hands.

These laws do not outlaw reporting child abuse. They outlaw necessitating it. As in there is no ‘Good Samaritan’ law. People are still free to report it.

Furthermore, naming it ‘pedophile protection’ is completely inaccurate. Not all pedophiles abuse children, and not all child abusers are pedophiles. This act is also in reference to ALL abuse, and not just evidence of sexual abuses. It mentions physical and emotioanl abuse. Meaning that it would also ‘protect’ (if you must) abusive parents. But actually it doesn’t, it leaves it up to a caregiver’s discretion to choose what they think is notable evidence and what they think is not, and doesn’t punish people for not mentioning what they think there may have been another explanation for.

Eliminating severe emotional abuse as a reportable event sounds kind of strange, but I guess since caregivers (especially volunteers) are not trained to diagnose this, there might be cause to this. Overall, it is probably to reduce overreporting which strains the justice system’s resources so that they can focus on more serious cases.

I don’t see why it is necessary to report when minors have sex with one another, I think that should be left up to a person’s discretion too, honestly. Why should people be prosecuted just for giving someone their privacy? It is not their responsibility! If they weren’t there, it would have happened anyway. Not reporting it doesn’t mean they’re encouraging it, or that they’re even allowing it to continue, or not addressing it in their own way.

Planned Parenthood is doing a great service by providing counselling where none exists. The aim of forcing them to report is to strip them of their trustworthiness and cripple them as a safe place for hurt people in need to go, reprehensible.

June 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm
(5) sueture says:

the last two posters sound like leftist NAMBLA members who left their brains in the commode the last time they sat on the john

September 18, 2008 at 3:54 am
(6) Corax says:

Why no comments on this for four years?

The article sounds biased, and seems like it came from some other source. Several sites reported the same thing in slightly different words around the same time. By the way, this law was signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger.

I think having laws which mandate the reporting of any suspicion of abuse is not necessarily a good thing, especially for volunteers. It puts people in the awkward position of having to figure out whether something they see represents abuse or not, even though they are not qualified to determine that. When potential abuse is reported, it can make life a living hell for those people responsible for the child, even if no abuse ever took place. Also, if you report abuse, you could become a suspect yourself. It also gives far too much power to the government, which has become our “nanny state”, watching out for “the children.”

It’s becoming dangerous to be near children anymore because of an overbearing pervasive state, a society that worships children, and the resulting pedo hysteria, our modern witch hunt.

July 15, 2011 at 1:49 am
(7) Peter says:

I could not agree more! These laws are directly biased against men and Can (not are always) be used in ways to purposely take away a man’s child and/or his right to see them!

June 24, 2009 at 7:35 pm
(8) ZeeFashionista says:

Melissa says:
Pedophiles are people too. They should have the same rights and resourses to help protect them. If a child concents it shouldn’t be considered abuse anyway. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe some children do want to have sex?

Melissa, Pedophiles like you should be used as target practice by the mob.

July 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm
(9) Cassandra says:

Melissa, if you want to say something I would suggest to report yourself as pedofile and clean the air.

August 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm
(10) Chocolate Cake says:

ok, first of all, why do 6 year olds need to know how to have sex anyways, shouldnt that be told when theyre like 30 or something, and another thing, somebody has to do something about abuse. a lot of abusers make their “abusee’s” keep their mouths shut, and if they squel, well, more beat down. if teachers, nurses, principals, dont report these things it could mean the serious injury, emotional injury and even death for a child, this law sounds like a death wish to me. probably another way to perform abortions which are WRONG by the way, just sayin, and melissa, tyciol, and corax, you guys need to chill. im gonna get rightious, the cerebral cortex is the last thing in the brain to fully develop, and coincidentally also controls reasoning in the brain, if a child “wants” to have sex, they may not think of the consequences of their actions, that would probably also be why 18 is considered the legal adult age, in which people have to suffer for what they do, if a person older than 18 has sex with someone under 18, they should be considered a pedophile, unless theyre married, then thats a whole different story.

October 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm
(11) Carrie says:

NO ABSOLUTELY NOT PEDOPHILES SHOULD NEVER EVER EVER HAVE RIGHTS!! THIS IS WRONG THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN!! PEDOPHILES ARE NOTTTTTTTTTTTT AND I REPEAT NOTTTTTTTTTTT PEOPLE THEY ARE SICK AND DEMENTED. THESE ARE OUR CHILDREN AND YOU PEOPLE DONT GIVE A DAMN. STOP TRYING TO MAKE LOOPHOLES FOR THIS RIDICULOUS WAY TO MOLEST CHILDREN THEY NEED PROTECTION!!

September 17, 2011 at 4:16 am
(12) Bernice says:

Only pedifiles think pedifiles are anything but perverted sickos! Leeches on society that go after children sexually, probably because they are lacking miserably in that area and care nothing about the ruins they leave these kids in. Abominations to man and to god!

October 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm
(13) hanna says:

Melissa….something is terribly wrong with your thinking. In fact you sound so corrupt i beleive it would be impossible to reason with you!! Sexually abusing a child is pure evil. Shame on you!!!

October 22, 2009 at 1:09 am
(14) Halo says:

Yeah Melissa, you are a really messed up person. Are you serious right now? You believe a 3 year old, a 5 year old, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 year old wants to have sex? You need to be locked up, or at the very least get yourself to a psychiatrist. Maybe YOU wanted to be raped or molested as a child, but that does not mean that the rest of the children in the world do. Seriously GET SOME HELP before we read about your arrest and trial next.

October 22, 2009 at 1:11 am
(15) Halo says:

Hey Melissa, is your last name Huckaby? It would be interesting to trace this comment to see who Melissa actually is.

October 23, 2009 at 3:51 am
(16) Nora says:

I am stunned this ridiculous bill was even considered!! How many children will it take to convince lawmakers there is no cure for pedophiles
and lock the freaks up and throw away the key.
They found that poor little 7 year old that was missing in Florida in a landfill tonight. If the
judges won’t do their jobs, maybe the people will
have to take matters into their own hands! yeah yeah
I know, that simply won’t do. Are we really that desensitized to violence on innocent kids? The pedophiles do not have rights after they have stolen
a child’s “life” emotionally, or out and out cold blooded murder! It is a privilige to live among civilized society, not a bloody right!! Round ‘em all up and open Alcatraz again.

October 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm
(17) Rob Thomson says:

Did I read this correctly

“Pedophiles are people too. They should have the same rights and resourses to help protect them. If a child concents it shouldn’t be considered abuse anyway. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe some children do want to have sex?”

is melissa actually advocating paedophiles????? They are children for heavens sake!! People who sexually abuse children should be punished to the maximum potential of the law without question. Innocence is the first victim of child abuse and can never be returned! People who act like animals should be treated as such!

October 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(18) dummy, the wicked says:

the law is way to short for this crimes. and what do you do, slow it even more, to give pedophiles even more rights. the only way to stop a pedo, is chemical castration. that way u r certain he won’t molest anyone again. I can’t believe this law passed. shame, shame, shame.

January 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm
(19) Tyciol says:

Wow, a lot of people are having a conversation with this Mel person who might not ever show up again :) Sueture: I clearly did not leave my brain anywhere.

Okay now, to clear things up here: yes, pedophiles are people, and yes, they should have rights like other people. The thing is: this is completely unrelated to having consensual sex with children. Nobody else has that right so barring them from doing so does not violate any existing rights.

Okay now, yes, some minors (as legally, child means minor, under 18) do want to have sex. I know because I wanted to have it prior to 18. Now, the thing is, we aim to only allow informed people to be allowed to have sex. Anyone we consider to be uninformed are not allowed, by extension of punishing them any anyone they do it with (especially adults, who we assume are informed not to do it better).

Now personally, the word ‘abuse’ confuses me and I’d rather not see it used in law altogether. But it does make sense to bar sex and other dangerous activities from those not far enough along in mental development.

The only problem I have is how we just determine this by age. We already know their are developmentally delayed persons (or if you want to be less PI, retards/idiots/bimbos, etc) and while we do take their rights away, I think we might miss a lot of them who are just intelligent enough to look competant, but not enough to actually live their lives that way or raise children.

I think it might be a bit better if we began to incorporate other criteria besides birthdays into determining who we want to allow to engage in sexual acts. You need to take a test to drive, after all.

April 22, 2010 at 4:12 am
(20) Jeddy says:

There are family values, where there are families. A single mother is not a family. Women having extra-marital sex and giving birth to children is not amongst family values. Exta-marital relationships are very common. Where there are families, there also divorces. Divorce and extra-marital relationships are accepted. In a divorce children are forgotten. What they feel does not matter. Losing a father or a mother. Mothers are too busy having multiple relationships with different men and not be bothered with keeping house, they want to party all night, drink booze and dance. That is their lifestyle.
When parents have no moral values, family values do not exist. The family values of the 19th Century do not exist any more. In case everyone has forgotten the sexual Revolution of the 1960s. How can people pretend it never happened. It redefined what family meant – it meant. It was every man and woman for himself enjoying sex regardless of any emotional attachments. Since family values do not exist, it is not a valid argument against protecting children from paedophiles.

June 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm
(21) Pam says:

As the mother of a victim of a pedophile, you have no idea the horrors I’ve had to deal with; never mind what my son had to deal with. For those of you who want rights for a pedophile either do not have children or are pedophiles themselves! You don’t have a clue!

PC

June 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(22) Amber says:

what is wrong with people??????????? maybe the children want to have sex?????????? r u retarded???? or r u a pedophile??????????

December 7, 2010 at 10:36 am
(23) S.G.C. says:

I S.G.C AM THE AUTHOR OF THE GREAT FINAL REPORT
I AM THE WORLD LEADER ON THESE MATTERS & ISSUES.

HAVING AN ATTRACTION TO TEENS AND PRETEENS
IS A SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND DECRIMINALIZING
CHILD PORN AND CHILD SEX IS THE WILL OF GOD
AND I AM ABLE TO PROVE ALL OF THESE THINGS.

IF LEADERS AND PEOPLE WANT TO BE SEEN AS HYPOCRITES
THEN DENY MY WARNING AND WHAT I SAY.

I AM PREPARING MY SUPER REVOLUTIONARY REPORT FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE WHAT I AM SAYING, I AM A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST AND I HAVE ONE OF THE MOST UNDERSTANDING MINDS ON THE EARTH.
(BATTLING FOR FREE SPEECH)

September 17, 2011 at 4:26 am
(24) Bernice says:

Unbelievable! Only pedifiles think pedifiles should have rights.
No children do not want to have sex with some old perverted sicko! Pedifiles are abominations to man and to god! They prey on children for their own sick pleasure, probably because they are lacking in that area as well as in the brain cell department!

May 5, 2012 at 4:49 am
(25) Jacob says:

how is this possible… literally just learned something new about someone ive known FOR YEARS… i cant prove it… but i know… in my search i arrived here learning about how to deal with this… then i read some of the comments… i realized something… people are ignorant… while i agree pedos should be burned… i also agree that pedos are people (as ridiculous as that is) and such have to have some rights… otherwise people will start witch hunts in search of them… but thats because we are ignorant… i was ignorant… im going to open my eyes now and deal with this

June 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(26) Tracy says:

As a victim of a pedophile, Melissa has no idea what she is saying. You think I at 8 years old knew what was really going on or how to handle it? With so much sexuality on TV at first I didn’t think it was weird. I didn’t really understand. But he has all the signs; single, lonely, chose a child with a torn home, he would listen to me, he would take me out to eat, buy me toys. Give me the attention my parents could not.

… Do you think now a decade later, I don’t get chills or cry every time a scene with a pedophile is on some show or on the news. Or that to this day sometimes I don’t feel dirty inside or impure. Or that for years I haven’t categorized any guys that like me by those that looked like my pedophile. Anyone with muscles would gross me out because they reminded me of him. Or that, I stayed away from Hispanic guys (even though I myself am Hispanic) because of him.

To this day I wonder what affect he had on when I chose to have sex, or what I like. I am always afraid that I’ll imagine him at intimate moments.

Yes, they are people. They are troubled and perhaps themselves abused. But how on earth can you tell me it is okay for a 20-something year old man to be attracted to an 8 year old girl? Now that I am older I understand relationships, and what sex really means. Yes, I was aware of sex and that “if anyone ever touches you there you scream and tell mommy” but there is no full understanding until a later age. Until the act itself is repeated with someone else.

Some images of any kind never leave you. That one truly never leaves. It still makes me cry and it affects how I see things and people.

They may have rights but even if a child consents it doesn’t mean they understand what is happening. Ever.

He affected in many ways who I am today. He will forever affect me. The type of woman I chose to become.The type of wife or mother I will be.

August 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm
(27) Celese says:

OMG Some people are just soooooo sick. Saying if a child consents ….. a child of 6 will say yes… a child of 2 will say yes… a child of 10 will say yes if they know it will please their abuser… How do I know this… I am a victim of a couple of pedophiles; one being my father. I did not say yes because I wanted it… I said yes because I was raised not to say no to someone older then me. It took years of counseling, years of nightmares to get past what all was done to me. Thank goodness I did not have to live through the nightmare of DID. Anyone who believes pedophiles have rights is out of their minds. This type of abuse is worse then someone who murders someone outright. It is a constant murdering of what a person could have been.

November 29, 2012 at 5:56 am
(28) This one says:

As a young six year old, When it happened to me, I didn’t know what the hell was going on. My cousin was the one who did it to me and didn’t know what was going on, I was supposed to trust my cousin. He was my family! He had ended up doing that to me for 4 1/2 years. Did I consent? No. Did I know what he was doing? Not at all. AND how could it be consensual? I’m permanently damaged down there and will be for the rest of my life. You think a kid would really want sex at that age? No. Ridiculous this ‘Mellisa;’ chick is. Ignorant.

Now in turn, I’ve watched people who have been traumatized as I have at a young age become what traumatized them. Some of those people could get help, Yes. Most of them don’t want it though.

April 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(29) Lostfaithinhumanity says:

Melissa, shut up. I don’t know what the heck you are thinking. My neighbor was abused by her pedophile father for over twelve years. It wasn’t until she was nearly eighteen that she got up the strength to go to the police. My family and our neighbors had to go with her to convincer her to testify. And yet, he got off with minimal charges. Or: no prison time, no fine. Only got the one daughter that testified taken away, leaving the other one still at home. She lives with her uncle now, and she is scarred beyond anything you probably can imagine. We don’t need laws like this, we need stronger laws. We need laws that not only require the report of pedophilia and physical or mental abuse, but criminalize those that don’t. And, unlike so many laws in america, these NEED to be enforced.

May 22, 2013 at 11:39 am
(30) Pat says:

I was misinformed by a friend of this pending Bill, waiting to be signed or veto by Governor Terminator. I am amazed as I read some of the comments. I am a 60 year old Lesbian, in a consensual, committed relationship, who was molested by my step-father at the young age of 5 until I was 13. Not only molested but beat, or cuddled, often subjected to witnessing his infidelity, as I laid beside him and whatever woman entertained his sick sexual appetite. His biological daughters and an adopted cousin were also used by him in the same way as he also viciously beat his own two out of three sons. Not to mention his physiological abuse of our Beloved Mother. Certainly no child at any young age understands the intimacy of sex, making love, or whatever ya want to call it. All that child is, is CONFUSED, which lends to the beginning of an extremely troubled life. Married at 19 to get away from all that residual craziness, which really never goes anywhere but circled and passed down to your own off springs. Often, physical because it is what you know from your own childhood. Did I abuse my only son? No, only once took a belt to him for stealing from my bag but never again, as that one act haunted, Child Abuse never goes away because throughout life’s ups and down those deep seated feelings resurface. Issue of trust, intimacy, and love. You struggle, even as a Survivor, for someone’s selfish and unloving act(s). Pedophiles have Rights? REALLY???!! That type of thinking is one of a Pedophile, idiot, or someone who is still victimized; Pedophiles are master manipulators, looking out for their own selfish ego trip.. We need to protect those who cannot speak.

October 30, 2013 at 12:06 am
(31) Tusense96761 says:

There is no such thing as a child consenting to a pedofile. It is child abuse, child molestation. What is so ironic about these pedophiles trying to get their crimes decrimilzed is that many of them become pedophiles because the were molested as children and so repeats the process. So the only way to rid society of these perverts that are a danger to our children is to prevent the next generation from their crimes. Keep our children safe and out of the hands of pedophiles. Children should at all cost be protected because pedophila is not curable. These people should never be allowed to work at a job in society where they have access to children.

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