The character Squealer would make a wonderful advertiser nowadays. His role in the book applies to our lives in many ways. Cigarette companies tell you that anybody who is anybody smokes, the people who made birth-control say you need to wear a condom, or use the pills or patch, when really the only way to really be safe from having a child is to not have sex. Even the candidates for the 2008 election use propaganda; they say will lower taxes and gas prices, get better health coverage, win the war, etcetera, when really they don’t stop it and things get worse.
There are so many myths around child sexual abuse that it’s difficult to know where to start. On the whole, many of us believe these myths....because it’s comforting! If we believe that we can identify a paedophile from across the street then we can keep our children away from them. If we believe that CSA only happens within "problem families" then we can be secure in that knowledge that our children are safe because we're "a normal family".
It’s important to identify the myths so that you can reject them as unhelpful and look to the more useful and viable information that really can make a difference. ALL of these statements are incorrect and should be rejected:
Right now that trend is, "young people shouldn't have sex outside of marriage, but if they do, they should do it safely." Herein lies the problem: Because most adults grew up in the "sexual freedom" era of the 1960's they don't feel that they should have to give up that freedom....