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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    Kimberly, 3 Dec 2010 @ 12:05pm

    Wow.

    This has single handedly undone what every parent is (should be) teaching their children. I have told my 4 year old I don't know how many times that the only people who can see her naked or touch her is us or her doctor when we are there. They are on the way to making children think it is OKAY for strangers to touch them in a bad way. Getting a pat down as an adult is completely different. We have the choice to fly (for the most part) and we can understand and comprehend what is going on. We can answer questions and talk to these agents. Children cannot. With my husband being military, we will always be flying somewhere for at least the next 10 years. We could drive, but as it stands right this second, we would be driving under water to get back to the mainland. So the "you don't have to fly" kinda goes out the window when the military is paying for us to fly to where ever they are sending us.

    Next time we fly, I'll be telling my daughters that if they have to get pat down that they have the RIGHT to say "no" and that they should because people shouldn't touch them like that. I will be glad to help prove any TSA agent who thinks my girls are smuggling bombs wrong by helping them. They can implement ways to help check kids where the parents are involved instead of invading the private space of minors. I don't know ANY parent would be say "nah, I'm not helping you check my child so you don't have to grope them".

    The TSA needs to get it together. Now.

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