it's hard to even imagine what it's going to take for news accounts to realize "sometimes boys" is such an asinine thoughtless comment.
As hard as it may seem to think in these terms, I believe there was even less awareness 30 or 40 years ago.
where the fuck IS our story.
the news story which includes the inaccurate comment
was written by
Philadelphia Daily News Daily News Staff Writer.
his email is clearly displayed at the top of the webpage article.
i have it, if you can't find it i can PM it to you.
all the email addresses are here: http://www.phillydailynews.com/about
including editors, publishers, reporters, writers, etc.
the newspaper also has a feedback page with an online form… http://www.philly.com/philly/about/feedback/
i am composing a complaint "letter to the editor" that coherently and carefully
outlines my concern about the wording they have used.
like most of the general public and mass media, they are likely not aware of the insensitivity of the article, and may not even know the true extent of the male survivor stats and stats.
that is about all i can do, but if enough of us send a comment, they may take notice.
there is safety and strength in numbers.
every one of you has expressed their feelings clearly already.
the comments below make valid points.
we just need to get those points, comments, and feelings to the right people.
Domestic sex trafficking, federal and local officials say, is an increasingly common and highly lucrative underground business - a close-to-home subsection of human trafficking commonly involving American girls and young women (but sometimes boys) forced into sex slavery by sick pimps who prey on some of society's most vulnerable members.
Pimps can earn $150,000 to $200,000 a year on each victim they force into prostitution, according to the Department of Justice, so the incentive is strong to entrap and exploit several girls and young women at a time.
Said Michelle Morgan, an assistant U.S. attorney who prosecutes sex-trafficking cases in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. "There are a lot of places for pimps to go from here to make more money, to buy new girls, to trade girls, so it's a lucrative area."
Predators are skilled at sniffing out the most susceptible girls, and they take advantage of places like malls or public-transit hubs, where the girls are more likely to be alone.
"The mall's a pretty popular recruitment place for that reason - unattended teenage girls," said Morgan. "Sports venues come to mind, public transportation, train station, bus station. Those are all popular places for pimps, or prostitutes working at the direction of pimps, to approach teenage girls."
"They're looking for that vulnerability, the lack of self-esteem, the emotional neediness that is present in nearly every 14- or 15-year-old girl," she said. "They can smell it like bloodhounds, and they can zero in on it."
"You're sort of turned into a piece of meat by another person and your innocence is destroyed and your body is used like that, even if it's only for a couple days, these girls don't bounce back," Morgan said.
the word "boys" is only mentioned once in passing.
the word "girls" is mentioned repeatedly.
i plan on sending an email to Michelle Morgan as well.
the link to the original article is here
I just need to vent.
This morning there was a well written, thoughtful article regarding sex slavery.
The one line set me off
"of human trafficking commonly involving American girls and young women (but sometimes boys)..."
That was it about boys.
"But sometimes Boys" just made me scream inside.
It pushed so many buttons.
My inferiority buttons.
Where the fuck is our story?
Are we that soiled when used we're not worthy?
...but sometimes boys...
As a survivor it hurts to read this. But more importantly, for boys currently caught up in this terrible cycle, it marginalizes them, sub-categorizes their dilemma, and implicitly suggests that their abuse may be better kept a secret.
I remember feeing very similar when I heard a news item on the local news about a girl who'd been raped.
men never got a mention.
I have to agree with sven here. It's not recognized just how sexist and harmful these stupid attitudes are.
sometimes boys... sigh... if only that sometimes part was true
people are just stupid ?
here is a related article from the same newspaper. http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-05/news/52476425_1_drug-abuse-family-violence-drug-use