Q&A Friday #16: Is Michael Jackson Guilty?
Question: “Now for the really important question of the day…do you think Michael is innocent or guilty?” — karensp9
Answer: Is Michael Jackson a child molester? Yes, I think he’s a classic pedophile.
For example, just look at this profile of a pedophile by Tammy L. Ruggles, BSW, MA and compare Jackson to the list (my comments in bold):
* Popular with both children and adults. (Yes. He’s a pop star who still has legions of fans)
* Appears to be trustworthy and respectable. Has good standing in the community. (This was true until the first pedophilia charges came out)
* Prefers the company of children. Feels more comfortable with children than adults. Is mainly attracted to prepubescent boys and girls. Can be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. (Yes, he obviously prefers the company of children)
* “Grooms” children with quality time, video games, parties, candy, toys, gifts, money. (Bingo!)
* Singles out children who seem troubled and in need of attention or affection. (The kid in the center of the trial now is a perfect example)
* Often dates or marries women with children that are the age of his preferred victims. (Although Jackson has been married twice, neither woman had boys in that 8-12 age range at the time they were with Jackson)
* Rarely forces or coerces a child into sexual contact. Usually through trust and friendship. Physical contact is gradual, from touching, to picking up, to holding on lap, to kissing, etc. (Notice Michael builds long-term relationships with some of these kids? Just like the one at the center of the current trial?)
* Derives gratification in a number of ways. For some, looking is enough. For others, taking pictures or watching children undress is enough. Still others require more contact. (There are allegations, but of course, there’s no way to know for sure what Jackson really enjoys doing most with little boys)
* Finds different ways and places to be alone with children. (Perfect description again).
* Are primarily (but not always) male, masculine, better-educated, more religious than average, in their thirties, and choose jobs allowing them greater access to children. (Michael certainly isn’t masculine, well educated, or more religious than average. But charges were first leveled when Michael was in his thirties and his “job” provides plenty of access to kids).
* Are usually family men, have no criminal record, and deny that they abuse children, even after caught, convicted, incarcerated, and court-ordered into a sex offender program. The marriage is often troubled by sexual dysfunction, and serves as a smokescreen for the pedophile’s true preferences and practices. (Michael is widely believed to have participated in two sham marriages. Neither marriage lasted all that long or was particularly happy judging by public comments made by both of Michael’s former wives)
* Are often, but not always, themselves victims of some form of childhood sexual abuse. (To the best of my knowledge, it has never been revealed that Michael was sexually abused. But, we really don’t know one way or the other for sure)
* Even if the pedophile has no children, his home is usually child-friendly, with toys, books, video games, computers, bikes, swing sets, skateboards, rec room, pool, snacks – things to attract children to his home and keep them coming back. Usually the items reflect the preferred age of his victims. A female pedophile usually abuses a child when partnered with an adult male pedophile, and is often herself a victim of chronic sexual abuse. (The man has an amusement park in his back yard. This describes him perfectly)
* A pedophile can act independently, or be involved in an organized ring, including the Internet, NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association), and other pro-pedophilia groups. Some pedophiles recognize that their behavior is criminal, immoral, and unacceptable by society, and operate in secrecy. Some are quite open and militant about their practices and advocate the normalization of pedophilia under the guise of freedom of speech and press, and uses innocuous language like “intergenerational intimacy.” (Michael is a rich and famous celebrity with an enormous staff. He doesn’t need help from other pedophiles).
So Jackson fits the profile really well. Plus, he admits to sleeping with children. There have been multiple kids who’ve alleged Michael molested them. There have been multiple members of Jackson’s staff who’ve claimed that they’ve seen him act inappropriately with kids. It doesn’t take a genius to read the handwriting on the wall here.
In my opinion, Jackson is a pedophile. But, he’s a rich pedophile who can afford the best lawyers money can buy. So my guess is that he’ll probably avoid prison…this time at least.