I was a little perterbed at the implication made by one of the officials quoted in this article. I emailed the two reporters who colaborated on the article with my concerns. I have pasted that here and will add their replies if I receive any.
I read your article, Code of silence hid abuse-incest case, police, with interest having been a victim of childhood sexual abuse from sources outside the home.
I'd like to take exception to a statement made by one of the individual you quoted if I may.
"Men who are abused are more likely to abuse... Strassberg said."
While that may be true, it leaves the reader with the impression that the probability of that eventuality is nearly assured. This kind of blanket statement although "sexy" from a news standpoint is irresponsible. Especially to those of us who have been through this terrible trauma in our lives and who would NEVER consider inflicting what happened to us on another human being, especially and innocent child.
I would suggest that as a reporter it may be useful for you do do a little research into the statistics on "repeating the cycle of abuse". I think you will find it much lower than your article suggests. My Psychologist did his doctoral thesis on the subject of "men who were sexually abuse as children". In that document he quoted the research which seemed to establish that the percentage of abused children who grow up to be abusers is only slightly higher than that of society in general.
I'm not asking you to make some kind of apology or print a retraction or anything like that. I'm simply suggesting that it may be of interest to readers to be educated on the actual facts while reading an article. This approach won't really take you much time and would be a responsible approach to reporting.
Another useful and responsible thing to do, perhaps as a sidebar to articles such as this, would be to include sources of help to those who are currently in abusive situations and desperately wanting a way out. These sources could be anything from your local government agencies who deal with these victims, local or national help lines, web resources such as malesurvivor.org, etc.
Thanks for listening.
John _______, recovering victim of CSA
“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy ____…! What a ride!’” ~Hunter S. Thompson