Thought I would give you guys an update.
I have recently been having an email conversation with Jon Ronson the documentary maker, writer and journalist. I posted this on my blog last night, your welcome to visit. Here is last nights posting:
Some words of wisdom with regard to Jonathan King from one of our foremost journalists, Jon Ronson:
"I'll be glad to see him out. 7 years is too long for what he did". 05/02/2005
"Reading it back, it does seem a little long, but there were lots of interesting things to get one's teeth into - the workings of the Old Bailey (I do love hanging around the Old Bailey, which is the main reason why I did the story), the relationship between adults and children, historically, in the music industry, the 'shifting sands of morality', etc, etc.
Apparently JK is walking around prison with a t-shirt that reads "I'm a celebrity get me out of here". Lynn Barber visited him in prison and wrote a brilliant line, something like "all the things that made him irritating on the outside - all that bumptious enthusiasm - seem positivily heroic on the inside."
Anyway, JK writes to me a lot and sends Xmas cards, etc. He is still 100% certain of his innocence, although I never know if that means literally or metaphorically. I don't know how parole boards work, but I wonder if his refusal to admit any kind of guilt will count against him, or if being a model prisoner, which he surely is, is enough to get him released". 06/02/2005
It has been a very interesting last few days. After confronting Jonathan King in the Shepherds Bush Hilton. I was asked to take part in some radio interviews, one of these was for BBC Radio Ulster where I would answer the comments made by the writer, documentary maker and Guardian journalist Jon Ronson. I had met Jon through his documentary "The Double Life of Jonathan King" as I had taken part. After the phone in I banged an email off to his forum site, the email read:
Having took part in the program with you and Steve Nolan, I too felt that my side was poorly edited as I never heard your unedited version maybe you would like to send me a copy then i maybe able to answer you a bit more clearly.
As you have not answered my email I take it you have nothing more to say, but do you think anal sex with a mature adult male is ok as you seem to think that masturbation is fine but as you well know it was not just a quick wank in my case or was that fine too? I was fifteen and very mixed up sexually courtesy of Chris Denning and his cohorts. Was he the one you regarded as evil or very much disturbed? Or was it Randall or the one I cannot mention for legal reasons?
And as for King being treated harshly would you say the same thing if King had done what he did to me to your son?
I see that someone else on this board has plugged my blog site so I will not duplicate it but feel free to sign the petition and that can be found here: http://www.petitiononline.com/27121955/petition-sign.html?
I bet you wish you had never touched the subject of Childhood Sexual Abuse but it did at least generate some discussion. And it would appear that the majority of Northen Ireland listeners do not agree with you but then again that is the journalists art.
You have read my article and seen the film. There's nothing I can do if I put forward both points of view and BBC Northern Ireland clearly decided, even though they said they wouldn't, to cut out the stuff when I was being supportive of the victims and only leave in the stuff where I was saying that this crime occupies a grey area.
Personally, I find it all very annoying, and I'm sorry you felt unfairly edited by them too.
I thin that with the JK case you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. Anyway, you can't say I haven't been supportive of you, cos I have.
I never got an email from you. Maybe you sent it to an address I no longer use. I can't send the tape because it was a phone interview and only they have it. Maybe they can send it to you. Although I bet you they won't because it'll show that they have selectively edited me.
Who was I referring to when I said that one of JK's cohorts was evil? I don't think I should answer that question, although I would say it's clear that each of those Walton Hop men were very strange indeed in their ways. Very.
No, I don't think I would say that about JK if one of the victims had been my son. (But he IS six). Also, I don't think a quick wank is fine. But I do think a quick wank with a fifteen year old doesn't deserve seven years. But, then again, JK didn't get seven years for that. He got seven years for anal sex with Chris Sealey.
Anyway, I hope all is well with you. I shivered a little when I heard reported that JK had said he had no idea who you were. Is that true? Is that what he said?
Something very, very interesting in that last paragraph all to do with shivers.
I sent him this:
Yes King did say that.
As you know I confronted him with the help of The Sun in the Shepherds Bush Hilton, we had to hang about for a bit of a while in the underground car park. He was filming upstairs a fly on the wall documentary when one of the journalsits got to hear from the inside that they were going off to Hyde Park to do some stills. They returned within fifteen minutes. I was reintroduced to King by name and then King said "yes I'm well aware who his is .... but I have never met him before in my life".
I said my piece to him and that was that I seized back the power he had held over me for the last thirty five years. If you want the full story youll have to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jon. Sexual abuse happens to six year olds as well I hope your lad doesnt get hoodwinked by some higly devient individual.
I may well contact BBC Radio Ulster, I have their number and contact name.
I then sent him this email:
"I shivered a little when I heard reported that JK had said he had no idea who you were".
Make you break out in a shiver, what could you possibly mean?
New Blog Address: Http://www.20six.co.uk/DanDare2
Feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com.
And I received this last night:
"I just meant that it seemed very duplicitous of JK to deny ever having met you, when we both know that he did".
Very important word is "duplicitous"
That shiver I suspect was caused by the fact that Jon Ronson has just realised he has been well and truely groomed. Just Like Lynn Barber of the The Observer and Richard Stott of the Sunday Mirror
What do you think?
I have also learnt in the last few days that the guys that were also abused by King (and the others) do not hold it against me for coming forward, infact most if not all said that it had been a sort of relief, but I still know that there are other guys from Walton on Thames still walking round with that terrible secret. Most proberbly even their wives dont know. That is one hell of a place to be in.
I admire them in some ways. But in others I do pity them but I can certainly empathise with them ... ... If only they knew how sweet life can be without those continuous doubts about ourselves.
Disclosure is the most powerful weapon a survivor has, as at that minute of telling someone, the chains fall off and nothing is ever quite the same again. Your free and then the bloody hard works starts.
Take it easy