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LITTLE GIRLS' CLOTHES `CAUSING CHILD PORN' Outrage at writer's claims.



Byline: BOB ROBERTS

THE "provocative" clothes which little girls wear are encouraging the growth of child porn rings, it was claimed yesterday.

Former Catholic Herald The Catholic Herald is a British Catholic newspaper, published in broadsheet format and retailing at £1 (€1.50 in the Republic of Ireland). The current editor is Luke Coppen; and previous editors include Cristina Odone, William Oddie, Peter Stanford and Deborah Jones.  editor Cristina Odone Cristina Patricia Odone (born 11 November 1960 in Nairobi, Kenya)[1] is an Italian journalist, editor, and writer living in the United Kingdom. She has written for several newspapers, and currently writes for The Observer and the The Daily Telegraph.  said six-year-olds can be seen on the street wearing figure-hugging Lycra tops, eye-shadow and mini- skirts.

Urging parents to be stricter over what youngsters wear, she said: "We cannot blame the child pornographers and child abusers alone. Our society rushes children through a sheltered state of innocence to precocious adulthood.

"If you allow a little girl to dress provocatively, you risk not only titillating tit·il·late  
v. tit·il·lat·ed, tit·il·lat·ing, tit·il·lates

v.tr.
1. To stimulate by touching lightly; tickle.

2. To excite (another) pleasurably, superficially or erotically.
 the disturbed but propelling her into the world of sex."

Miss Odone's remarks, on BBC BBC
 in full British Broadcasting Corp.

Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927.
 Radio 4's Thought For The Day slot, caused outrage yesterday - 48 hours after The Wonderland Club internet perverts were jailed.

Harry Fletcher, of the National Association of Probation Officers The National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) is the trade union that represents probation officers and Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service reporters in the United Kingdom. External links
  • NAPO web site
  • NAPO in the Guardian, May 11, 2004
, said paedophiles always blamed children for being provocative.

He said: ""This is an extremely dangerous argument. It plays into the hands of paedophiles and will be used by abusers to justify their actions."

Children's campaigner and Labour MP David Kidney said: "You cannot blame youngsters for becoming victims.

"The way children dress is never an acceptable reason for abuse."

Miss Odone, 40, now deputy editor of the New Statesman, is single, has no children and has written a raunchy raun·chy  
adj. raun·chi·er, raun·chi·est Slang
1.
a. Obscene, lewd, or vulgar: "[He]
 novel called A Perfect Wife.

She insisted last night: "I was not blaming children - I was blaming society and parents."

bob.roberts@mirror.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2001
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