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9 Crim. Just. J. 119 (1986)
Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child under Fourteen: California's Extension of Force under Penal Code Section 288

handle is hein.journals/tjeflr9 and id is 133 raw text is: LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH A CHILD
Under the impact of laws which make it criminal to show sexual
tenderness and love to a child, and firmly believing in the fairy
tale about the child's asexuality, innocence and purity (such as it
was spread by pedagogues and moralists), public opinion was in-
cited to a frenzy of fierce hatred against pedophiles, and its natu-
ral aggression found a new outlet in claiming that these criminals
should be put in jail for life, should be shot, should be castrated.
If it had been my own child that he'd touched, I could have
strangled him with my own hands! a well-known television per-
sonality exclaimed, and he was vigorously applauded. That chil-
dren were battered to death or severely injured by their own
parents, killed or maimed for life by drunken drivers, never
raised half so strong a fury.1
The kids call this Big Bertha's Butt Maker, because it's
got a wheel here in the back that you turn, and has a arm in
front. And when you turn the wheel, the arm goes back and
The ten year old is the only child that came from a broken
home. Everybody else has a mom and a dad intact. The ten year
old talked about toys. He wasn't talking about the cars and
Tonka trucks that my ten year old talks about; he is talking
about this (displays a photograph). Already ten years old, and
he knows the sadomasochistic terms of toys: the dildo, the butt
Caught in a net of divergence are the varied species of adult sex
offenders who partake in unlawful indulgences with minor children.
Ranging from the pedophile who loves children and takes their sex-
uality for granted, to the exploiter who peddles them as wares in the
marketplace, the law must somehow preserve the spirit of impartial-
ity through its compilation and application.
1. Brongersma, Aggression Against Pedophiles, 7 INT'L J. LAW AND PSYCHIATRY
79, 81 (1984).
2. Child Molestation: Hearing before the California Legislative Assembly Committee
on Criminal Justice (Nov. 1980) (testimony of Lloyd Martin, L.A.P.D.).

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