TSA Told To Tell Children That Groping Them Is A Game... Horrifying Sex Abuse Experts

from the that's-not-a-game dept

Apparently TSA agents are being told that one way to handle the new groping pat downs for children is to try to make it out to be some sort of "game." This is apparently horrifying some sex abuse experts who point out that a common tactic in abuse cases is to tell the kids that they're just "playing a game." The TSA has said that the newer patdowns will not apply to children under 12, but the rules have been somewhat unclear -- leading to the statement from a TSA director, James Marchand:
"You try to make it as best you can for that child to come through. If you can come up with some kind of a game to play with a child, it makes it a lot easier."
He also said that the idea of making it a game would become a part of the TSA's training. Ken Wooden, who runs an organization to try to stop sex abuse of children was not pleased:
"How can experts working at the TSA be so incredibly misinformed and misguided to suggest that full body pat downs for children be portrayed as a game?" Wooden asked in an email. "To do so is completely contrary to what we in the sexual abuse prevention field have been trying to accomplish for the past thirty years."

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 3 Dec 2010 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Groping children is insanity--and itself terrorism

    Choose not to fly and take longer to get to where you want to go, or don't go at all. If you don't like these very simple options then don't complain either.

    And get fired. Great solution there, Mr. Fascist.

    Also do letter writing and emailing while you're upset about the issue at hand.

    Better send lots of cash with those letters if you want anyone to care.

    OH and voting does make a difference too.

    You know, they have voting in China, Iran and many other places, too. They even had it in the USSR and Nazi Germany. Yeah, voting makes all the difference.

    Sad to say; a fast fix on this is not in the cards.

    Not if you apologists can prevent it.

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