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#85438 - 01/12/03 10:24 AM Re: Nowhere to run
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PETE TOWNSHEND’S FULL STATEMENT.

I AM not a paedophile. I have never entered chat rooms on the internet to converse with children. I have, to the contrary, been shocked, angry and vocal (especially on my website) about the explosion of advertised paedophilic images on the internet.
I have been writing my childhood autobiography for the past seven years. I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six-and-a-half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time.
I cannot remember clearly what happened, but my creative work tends to throw up nasty shadows- particularly in Tommy. Some of the things I have seen on the internet have informed my book which I hope will be published later this year, and which will make clear to the public that if I have any compulsions in this area, they are to face what is happening to young children in the world today and to try to deal openly with my anger and vengeance towards the mentally ill people who find paedophilic pornography attractive.
I predicted many years ago that what has become the internet would be used to subvert, pervert and destroy the lives of decent people. I have felt for a long time that it is part of my duty, knowing what I know, to act as a vigilante to help support organisations like the Internet Watch Foundation, the NSPCC and Scotland Yard to build up a powerful and well-informed voice to speak loudly about the millions of dollars being made by American banks and credit card companies for the pornography industry. That industry deliberately blurs what is legal and illegal, and different countries have different laws and moral values about this. I do not. I do not want child pornography to be available on the internet anywhere at any time.
On one occasion I used a credit card to enter a site advertising child porn. I did this purely to see what was there. I spoke informally to a friend who is a lawyer and reported what I’d seen.
I have enclosed my website article about my friend Jenny who commited suicide because of sexual abuse she suffered as a child. I hope you will be able to see that I am sincerely disturbed by the sexual abuse of children, and I am very active trying to help individuals who have suffered, and to prevent abuse.

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
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#85439 - 01/13/03 02:22 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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Christ this really is a difficult one. I also idiolised all members of the Who. Keith Moon was the main reason I started playing drums. Though I must admit I only heard their songs second hand via my older sister, I'm only 32.

Anyway, Townshend seems to be co-operating with the police, (no not Sting). I desperatly want to believe him but then that may be where the danger lies.

I watched a documentary on Jonathan King. One of his victims claimed that there were MANY members of the 'entertainment' industry who knew of the abuse that he was indulging in. I really feel as though the shit may be starting to hit the fan.

Mark


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#85440 - 01/13/03 03:22 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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Talking of the Jonathan King documentary "The Secret Life Of Jonathan King".

I was the survivor identified as CD (in the documentary) the original whistle blower.

To track down more info go to http://www.jonronson.com for more details of the King case and an excellent article in The Guardian, entitled the "Fall of a Pop Impresario".

And all that was left was hope.


Archnut \:\)


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#85441 - 01/13/03 03:52 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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Townshend has been arrested for but not charged with. Suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, making indecent images of children and incitement to distribute indecent images of children.

I feel sick.

Mark


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#85442 - 01/13/03 03:58 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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Thanks Archnut, for being brave enough to report him in the first place. I admire you, it's something I couldn't do myself. Confront my perp I mean. And thanks for that link too.

Us Brits will be taking this site over soon, lol.

Mark


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#85443 - 01/13/03 08:19 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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Whatever the reasons or the truth of Townshend's 'visit' to a child porn site two things stand out.
First the sheer stupidity - naievety - or maybe it's arrogance that people believe they can use a credit card to access child porn and not get caught !

Secondly, if he was truly doing 'research' what do you actually need to see ? does actually seeing it make it any more real ?

I saw The Who as a 16 yo fan at Wolverhampton town hall the night before they recorded 'Live at Leed's' and they confirmed my love of live music.
I'd hate to see Townshend guilty of anything more than utter stupidity, I hope that's all it is.

Archnut, what you did was so brave. To challenge a powerful and rich person like king takes guts.
Thank you for doing it.

Dave

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#85444 - 01/13/03 11:19 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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Archnut: Thanks for blowing the whistle. The more of us do that, the more coverage our cause gets, the more the darkness is dispelled by the light, the more perps get caught, the fewer men & boys get abused. Very brave of you. I hope King is properly punished & has to make restitution--not that anything could ever repay you or any of his victims for what he has done. WTG fellow survivor!

Victor

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#85445 - 01/15/03 02:54 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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Thanx Guys

Belive me when i tell you that bravery did not come into it. It was a case of tell or go insane and try to top myself for the third or fourth time. It was easier to talk even though it was thirty years to late. Although we did get two convictions out of the original seven that abused me. I'm still waiting to have my day in court as my accustaions are being kept on file. Hopefully that will end when Denning (ex Radio One DJ) returns to the United Kingdom. He is currently taking a holiday in Europe, whereabouts unknown, that is a frightening thought.

Best wishes

Archnut \:\)


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#85446 - 01/15/03 04:43 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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Hey don't sell yourself short Archnut! You're still an inspiration to me. I hope those perps all get caught before they hurt anyone else...

Victor

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#85447 - 01/15/03 08:19 PM Re: Nowhere to run
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And there's another celebrity - a minor one on UK TV - been arrested tonight, Matthew Kelly
Although being a celeb' makes no difference - it's still an evil act.

Dave

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