Movie shows child rape

If a 13-year-old girl is raped by her male teacher and becomes pregnant, this is illegal and would face condemnation by the community who would likely express outrage. One would hope that if a 13-year-old boy was raped by his teacher, there would be a similar outcry and that the community, including businesses, would not glorify the abuse or seek to make a profit from the pain of a child in this situation.

The portrayal of the rape of a 13-year-old boy as normal male sexual behaviour is in fact what is reflected in the movie “That’s My Boy”. Humour is good for the soul, but the statutory rape of a child is not a comedy; it is a horror for the abused child.

Not only are the messages about child sexuality, and more specifically the sexuality of boys, portrayed in this film antiquated, it also makes light of child sexual abuse of young boys by turning it into a joke. An adult having sex with a 13-year-old child should make everyone uncomfortable and outraged regardless of whether the victim is male or female. Child sexual abuse is real: US statistics show that as many as one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.

Local professionals working in the field in Cayman suspect that this rate could actually be higher here. If you wish to take a stance against child sexual abuse and make a statement that child sexual abuse is no joke, please refrain from viewing this film – locally or abroad – and urge your family and friends to do the same.

I encourage all of you who have been trained as stewards of children to pass the word along about this movie and ask friends and family to refrain from viewing this film. If you would like to take action to prevent Child Sexual Abuse in the Cayman Islands and to be trained as a Steward of Children, please contact me at [email protected] or 938-6300 to arrange for training at your church, school, community group, sports club, youth group or summer camp.

Learn how to make your organisation a safer place for children and what steps you can take to protect the children in your community.

Marilyn Conolly

Authorised Darkness to Light Facilitator

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