Great post about the CRB madness on one of the unschooling blogs. You can read it for yourself, but it poses the question why a group of women would be seen as a threat to children.
I supect that the writer probably intended to question the idea that any adult is a necessary danger to children, but the question is even more significant when asked about women.
There seems to be a movement to identify women as offenders at the moment... maybe it is a natural reaction to the Little Ted's scandal, to look for women behaving badly. Maybe it is a change in the way women behave. But after 20 years in a criminal defence office, my sister says she has never been involved in a case involving a woman.
The statistics are difficult to disentangle, but they show that men are hundreds of times more likely to offend than women, and that women are more likely, not less likely, to be imprisoned once found guilty of an offence.
I feel that it is only a matter of time before this government requires parents to pass some sort of test before they are allowed to procreate... or maybe when it comes it will be necessary to pass some sort of fitness-to-parent test before you will be allowed to procreate at all. When ARE people going to be starting to say NO?
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