Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The following rant comes from a public post made to a pedophile message board. Apparently, a few people from that board are aware of my site (probably through "Scott" who is a member of this site's board as well as that one) and one of them e-mailed me just a little while ago with a link to one of the posts on that board. At his request, I won't mention his screen name or the URL of the board. However, regardless of the source of this information, the information itself is quite disturbing. My thanks to the anonymous tipster for the heads up about this.
My name is [real name] and I am the webmaster of SnipeMe.com, a personal opinion and discussion site.
Recently, I was contacted by an anonymous person and advised of a situation that I might wish to discuss on my site. I ask that you read this article and provide feedback:
(Before visiting that link, please be aware that the article contains extensive use of profanity and vulgarity)
Besides running this website, I am also a card-carrying member of both the ACLU and the National Youth Rights Association (NYRA). As such, I demand answers to this situation. The events discussed in my article are clearly unethical and I would like a quotable response from your organization regarding this issue.
Thank you for your time.
[my real name]
Member: ACLU, NYRA
This is the second e-mail I am sending to you in regards to the following message, which was originally sent on May 31st.
[Put a copy of the original e-mail that I sent here]
Perhaps you do not take the sexual abuse of a child by a doctor as being worthy of a response? Your complete lack of communication on this matter leads me to believe that this is the case. The next article I write on this issue will be entitled "Medical Board of Ethics Doesn't Care About Child Sexual Abuse" This article, along with the original will go to CNN headquarters in Atlanta. Given the way that the mass media loves to hype cases of CSA, I have no doubt that their version of the story will make you look far worse than I ever could.
I suggest that you respond this time.
Member: ACLU, NYRA
Dear Mr. xxxxxxxxx:
Thank you for contacting the American Medical Association (AMA) and please excuse the delay in this reply. The experience with the health care profession that you describe is troubling. The AMA and its Code of Medical Ethics have always maintained that physicians should practice medicine with compassion and in a caring manner toward their patients, especially children.
The AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) has issued a number of opinions that provide guidance to physicians who strive to practice ethically. Enclosed, please find a copy of “Sexual Misconduct in the Practice of Medicine.” [Note: I did find this document enclosed, however it dealt with romantic relationships between doctors and patients - it had absolutely nothing to do with the issue at hand] This official AMA policy clearly prohibits sexual exploitation. Also, you may wish to contact a specialty society to receive information about the appropriate standards for the physical examination of children. Contact information for the American Academy of Pediatrics is provided:
The American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
The Council does not have the legal authority to investigate the facts of sexual abuse allegations. We recommend that you contact the relevant medical licensing board and local law enforcement agency for further investigation. If necessary, the licensing board can take action regarding the physician’s license to practice medicine. The address of the relevant state licensing board is available online.
Ethics Standards Group
"Children are innocent and love justice,
while most adults are wicked and prefer