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  • How Much Sexual Assault Will Be Tolerated?

    This week, we saw scores of Hollywood liberals rushing to the defense of Roman Polanski, a man who has admitted to sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl in 1977 and running from justice ever since.  The most cited excuses were: It was a long time ago; she forgave him (after a large civil settlement); the judge was too strict and the most concerning…he said it was consensual.  Whoopi Goldberg went as far as to not call it a “rape-rape” and rationalize that many other cultures find sexual intercourse between a 44 year old man and a 13 year old girl perfectly acceptable–which ones she didn’t say.  But this all just a case of Hollywood being Hollywood, right?  They have looser morals in la-la land, and here in reality, the sexual assault of teenagers is not acceptable, right? Nope. A senior official in the Obama administration responsible for child safety has been exposed to have ignored child sex abuse when he was a high school teacher, and yet retains the confidence of the Secretary of Education.

    Yesterday, ABC News’ Jake Tapper reported on Kevin Jennings, who is informally known as “Safe Schools Czar.” His formal role is as Head of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  Clearly this is an administration role that is best suited for someone who has spent a career protecting students and creating safe environments for children.  However, in Jennings’ own book “One Teacher in Ten” he recounts a story where a 15 year old student confided in him that he had a sexual relationship with a much older man he had met a bus station bathroom. Jennings only reaction to this news was to ask if the boy used a condom and to exchange smiles with the young boy for the remaining two years of his high school education.

    This exchange happened in 1988 while Jennings was a teacher at the Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts. A New York Times article in January, 1988 examined the growing number of cases of child sex abuse in Massachusetts following the enactment of a state law in 1983, making it mandatory to report the abuse.  Prosecutors said the influx of cases strongly reflected “both the need for a coordinated statewide response to abuse of children and the failure of some judges and others to treat the sexual abuse of children as a serious crime.”

    In fact, in December 1987, Peter K. Gunness, the headmaster of a private school in Massachusetts–Buckingham, Brown and Nichols–was prosecuted for doing exactly what Mr. Jennings did the next year, by failing to report a known incidence of child sex abuse.  Prosectors refused to allow this type predatory conduct to not be taken seriously, especially by those in positions of authority at schools.

    Back to Mr. Jennings.  First, if this man had to be confirmed by the Senate, he would not have been appointed knowing these facts which he spells out himself proudly in speeches and books.  By subverting the Senate confirmation process and appointing him to a senior administration position, we are left to learn this background all too late.  Secondly, it has been inferred that since Mr. Jennings is himself gay, that this somehow either explains his behavior in 1988 or dismisses the outrage being expressed today by his opponents. 

    Jennings is the founder and of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).  The purpose of GLSEN is to combat the “heterosexism” that “undermines a healthy school climate.”  While certain goals of this group’s cause may be open for debate, and others like “No Name Calling Week” are certainly admirable, none of it has anything to do with this situation.  Whether Jennings or the abused boy was gay or straight is immaterial except that some may assume it influenced Jennings supposedly sympathetic, but extremely misguided decision not to report the abuse.  Any time a 15 year old of any gender is preyed upon by an adult of any gender, it is the responsibility of the community, and especially teachers, to report the incident, and to protect the child, rather than implicitly encourage similar behavior in the future.

    Kevin Jennings said as much this week when he apologized for his behavior.  He said: “Twenty-one years later I can see how I should have handled the situation differently. I should have asked for more information and consulted legal or medical authorities. Teachers back then had little training and guidance about this kind of thing.” Again, the familiar emphasis that this was twenty one years ago and should be water under the bridge.

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said: “Kevin Jennings has dedicated his professional career to promoting school safety. He is uniquely qualified for his job and I’m honored to have him on our team.” He dedicated his career except for those years that we know of where he ignored child sex abuse, right?

    It appears that a growing double standard is emerging among liberals. After months spent scolding the disgraced former Congressman from Florida, Mark Foley, for exchanging lurid text messages with a 16 year old page, it appears there is only silence regarding this senior Obama Administration official’s illegal behavior, condoning child sex abuse.  Just as in the Roman Polanski case, the hypocrisy must end.

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    31 Responses to How Much Sexual Assault Will Be Tolerated?

    1. Wayne Murray Columbu says:

      The perversion, the abomination, the hypocrisy, and the lies, is just water under the bridge, flowing down stream under bridge after bridge after bridge and eventually to the sea of darkness.

    2. Wayne Murray Columbu says:

      Before it is too late the American people need to start now by serious discernment and dialog, a initiatory plan, to impeach this President and take out the garbage. The stench is becoming unbearable.

    3. Sharon, Seattle says:

      "Any time a 15 year old of any gender is prayed upon by an adult of any gender,…" The verb is "preyed" not "prayed." Other than that, I totally agree with you. Hypocrisy does not begin to describe this outrage.

    4. Bill San Antonio TX says:

      "Safe Schools Czar?"

      Nothing should surprise Americans any longer.

      We have let a relative minority of far left zealots in relation to our 300 million population turn our society upside down on its head.

      It took them decades and now the majority of "normal" people are held hostage at every turn. The legal system has been infiltrated with many of these ideologues; our school system for certain.

      What's next? A "new" pledge of allegiance?

    5. Dave, Vancouver Cana says:

      In the article's closing paragraph it states, "it appears there is only silence regarding this senior Obama Administration official’s illegal behavior, condoning child sex abuse."

      Mr. Jenning said he should have handled the situation differently. How is that "condoning child sex abuse"?

    6. Spiritof76 says:

      White House has become a den of corruption and celebration of perversion. What else do you expect from the president with his stellar friends who are hate mongers, bomb exploding terrorists and anti-social thugs?

    7. marcia says:

      what i find appalling is that he needs training to know that what took place was wrong….

    8. Steve J. says:

      The student was 16, which is now and was at the time the age of consent in Massachusetts.

    9. Rory Cooper Rory Cooper says:

      Steve J., respectfully, your statement is simply not true. The student was 15 years old by Mr. Jennings own account, and not a legally consenting adult, which is why Mr. Jennings issued an apology. Massachusetts Law on the subject can be found here: http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/subject/about/sex.h… which is also linked in the blog above. Thanks

    10. Susan, Missouri says:

      The actions of Jennings and Polanski are appalling, whether the incidents were several years ago or just yesterday.

      As for Jennings, if he has any true sense of respect, he would have turned down such a high-level appointment, particularly for the office he now hold. And why didn't Obama's people make this known? Where's the transparency he was always talking about.

      As for Polanski, I'm glad he's been arrested. I trust someone will exact justice for the young girl (now in her 40s) who was harmed by his arrogant and self-serving actions. His excuses are as offensive as his crime.

      As for Whoopi Goldberg, her defense of Polaski isn't all that surprising considering her previous statements on the View where she espoused her belief that prostitution should be legalized, especially, as she said, she has a friend who is a prostitute. I'm betting that if that young girl had been Whoopi's daughter, she wouldn't be so nonchalant about him crime, she most certainly have questioned whether it was a "rape-rape." Of course, I might have lost that bet too.

    11. Grace, Florida says:

      Isn't is a shame that the president doesn't know any decent people to surround himself with? This man is a derelict. He should resign.

    12. Grace, Florida says:

      Steve J – even if the young man was of the age of consent – it is clear Jennings was in favor of teaching "fisting" and the kids at that conference we under age. The man is clearly deficient in the skills he needs to be the "safe school czar".

    13. Valerie, Ky says:

      No apology was given until he was caught and exposed. Therefore, his apology isn't because he thought what he did was wrong, his apology is because he got caught.

      So, would he do it again if he thought he could get away with it? Extremely tired of the double standards, when will it end?

      He would be torn to pieces by the media if he were the "czar" of a republican president. Wrong is wrong, it doesn't matter which party he belongs to.

    14. Daniel says:

      MR. JENNINGS: WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RESPECTFULLY ASK YOU TO STEP DOWN, FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR SCHOOL-ATTENDING CHILDREN!

      Sincerely,

      Daniel Taxpayer, father of two young school-age children.

    15. Brian, Portland OR says:

      What exactly is "Rape-Rape" Whoopi? "Well yes your honor, I did rape that girl, but….it wasn't 'rape-rape', so I should get less of a punishment." So, I ask you Whoopi, would you be okay with a 44 year old man having sex,consensual or not, with your 13yr old? And would she defend him the same way? I don't think you need to have christian beliefs to see that many in this country's moral compass is getting further and further from true north center.

    16. Voice of Reason, Suw says:

      If this was your daughter what would you do? This need not be a discussion between left and right, it needs to be a discussion on right and wrong. If this was your neighbor's daughter what would you do?

    17. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      We have "Sin City" in the west and now we have a "Sin City" in the east, it's Wash. D.C., it has imported all of the Chicago mentality where you do as I say or I whack your knee caps. I thought mmobs were pretty well done, I guess not as it seems the White House now is their sanctuary, I agree it's time to Impeach this treasonest person along with most of the House and Senate. Sex with a minor regardless of gender is RAPE, I think all should serve sent., and Jennings needs to go, the rest should be brought before senate hearings to see what else lurks in these so called Czars. Go FOx lets get back to the old fashioned way of reporting, investigative reporting used to be the norm, what happened, only Fox has the backbone to stand up for what is right.

    18. Paula says:

      This President and all his czars need impeached and REMOVED from the White House.

    19. Jerry from Chicago says:

      What was that Mr. Obama said? "Judge me by the people I have surrounded myself with."

      Whoopi really blew it this time. I would like to hear her explain the difference between "rape" and "rape-rape". I am not a legal expert, so maybe a lawyer out there can help me understand the difference. And what did she mean when she said "I wouldn't necessarily want my 14 year old daugheter having sex with an adult"? I would understand that statement completely, if she had left out the word "necessarily".

      For her to go on to say that people in other countries look at things differently than we do in the U.S., implies to me that she feels that we squares here in the U.S. aren't as hip as others about such things as other cultures. You know, she may be right about that. In some cultures child rape victims are stoned to death. I guess they must have been "asking for it".

      Call me crazy, but I'll bet that if Debra Winger had a 13 year old daughter, who was fed drugs and alcohol by a 44 year old man who then raped her, she might not be as supportive of that man's creative talents as she seems to be of that cowardly, miserable letch, Polanski.

    20. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      You ask the question "How much sexual assult will

      be tolerated"? And the answer, as long as Obama and these type of people are around him and/or supports his policies. That included the left-wing socialist in Hollywood.

    21. Eric Potter MD says:

      Worldview/philosophy explains the far left's ability to have a double standard. If we are evolved animals, then right vs. wrong has no meaning under survival of the fittest. Sex with anyone at any age can not be demonized if there is no moral law. This philosophy justifies the desires and practices of many people today. Not only is sexual assault tolerated, but eventually its won't be called sexual assault, but a normal activity.

      Anyone with a belief in a moral law must stand together (and would outnumber the far left) or the tyrrany of the minority (belief, not race) will become the law of the day.

      "Sincerely Concerned American Citizen who believes in a higher moral law, not pragmatism"

    22. Tim Az says:

      The answer to your question is. There is no cieling on how much one can sexually assualt another as long as the offender is a liberal in high enough standing among their peers. Unfortunately it will remain this way until the masses will no longer tolerate such behavior and systimatically remove the enablers from every high office in the land.

    23. Andy Davie,Fl says:

      My friend's granddaughter(age 10) was recently caught ON A SCHOOL BUS providing oral sex to two boys. The boys were not punished. This is the result of over 40 years of progressive agendas that have ruined this country. Yet we still elect people who find nothing wrong with this, Why? The progressives are going after the Hispanic vote, but I know of no Hispanic family that would countenance this behavior, or any other free sex, abortion on demand, planned parenthood, policy of the Left.

      The downward spiral of public education (progressively induced) is the main problem; we can't fix it.

    24. Jill, TN says:

      The double standard with regard to Mr. Jennings is apalling. Do you suppose the response of Arne Duncan & the current administration et al would be different if the boy had shared that the offender was a Catholic priest rather than someone he met in a restroom? Furthermore, I agree with earlier writer who called out the "apology" for what it is, a bunch of false rhetoric without substance.

    25. Bill, Malta, Ohio says:

      I recall vividly this incident when it occurred. It was an atrocity then and remains so to this day. Polanski is a reminder of how the denizens of Hollywood think, act and want others to mimic their total lack of morals. The only reason that city and its inhabitants continues to thrive is because you continue to pour millions into their pockets by attending their products. I eagerly await the day when an earthquake strikes the left coast and consigns it to the ocean from whence its stink can no longer infect any of us, but especially our children. Polanski and his ilk (read Hollywood)are all cut from the same cloth! Their immorality and filthy ways of living are an abomination! Who else would defend a anyone who thinks it's OK to seduce children? Only in Hollywood! If you don't like what they do, then stop pouring your money into their sewer! I battle aginst these ignoramuses by neither paying for nor attending any Hollywood production. I've done do for several years. I intend to continue this until the day I die! If enough citizens would cease being titillated by their filth, they'd soon have to get legitimate jobs, if they were capable of doing so, which I doubt.

    26. Linda Carlsbad, CA says:

      In California they are showing children cartoons about cross dressing. I wonder if Mr. Jennings had anything to do with this? They are trying to destroy the moral values of our children. I guess the left doesn't believe in values. Do they believe in God? They have no business in our schools, what happened to the three R's?

    27. KC from Tempe,Az. says:

      Does anyone really believe that this was a one time incident with Jennings and a child (student)?

      Smiling, yeah right! This guy is a tool and sicko!

    28. philip says:

      as long as we allow the lack of imorilty of govermemt oficials like obama, congress, and other branches of goverment, elected libberal offical, and the hollywood represintives. also libberial judes who want rule on their personal beleifs and make laws aot acording to the constitution of united state do american

    29. Susan , Detroit Mich says:

      This is so typical of the left and media. If a republican engages in bad behavior. They are exposed and usually lose their office. But if Dem or someone on the left rapes,steals,lies or murders that is O.K.and should be defended because they are interested in the left's common good.

    30. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      The facts are, a forty + year old man had sex with a thirteen year old girl, in the United States of America. In America this is a crime and a heinous one at that! Something we would never excuse of a neighbor in our community! He needs to stand before Justice. Period.

      I am gratly bothered by the timing. Obama spit in the face of Poland, by not placing defencive missiles there. Next thing we know is Polanski, a Polish Citizen is set up for an arrest, immediately afterward, thirty years after the fact! This bathers me as much as the Rape!

    31. Louis Escobedo, Cali says:

      Exposed Kevin Jennings Obama'a Safe School Czar.

      They are trying to back door there agenda and do it under the cover of a miss leading title Safe Schools Czar. After watching these videos you will know what they mean by Safe School Czar. He is trying to make it safe for Homosexuality in our Schools. I was able to get some good footage on this guy. He wants to bring change into public schools to change the way society looks at homosexuality and he wants to do it by teaching our kids and teachers about homosexuality. There is 8 videos take the time to watch these video so you are aware of what the Obama Admin is trying to do to our kids.

      https://americanpatriotsprevail.com/Exposed_Kevin

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