Pediatrician Pedophile

This biography is well written but the story is difficult to read. It’s the true story of a young girl who was sexually abused by her pediatrician. It provides excellent illustration of a predator’s selection and grooming techniques. The doctor put both mother and daughter through a series of tests while acting as the girl’s doctor, just to see how far he could go – right in front of the mother. Being a trusting woman who harbored the commonly-held belief that medical professionals are implicitly trustworthy, the mother did not see any problems until it was too late.

This is the kind of thing people need to know how to spot and deal with. These are the activities that children need to be taught to recognize and directly, openly and verbally address, instead of being placed in a state of fear:

The whole time during which he had been touching me, I had felt powerless to say anything. I had been intimidated by him, and worried about what Mum might say, because she clearly trusted him. I was afraid, I was only small, and he was so big. Mum couldn’t have picked up on any of his strange behaviour, or else she would have questioned it.

Doctor’s Orders by Hannah Wingfield

Admiration List: Monica Lewinsky


Monica Lewinsky is someone most people would not include on an admiration list because of her connection to President Clinton and the scandal that brought the White House under investigation and significant political fire.

She was 22 when her affair with President Clinton was revealed and exploited by both the Republican party and the news media (read: ratings, revenue, non-stop-sensationalist ‘news’ stories about every possible sexually graphic detail…you get the idea).

I was also in my twenties at the time and, as details about the investigation hit the news media, all I could think about was how this women was a victim. She was seduced by the most powerful man in the world. He was her boss, a career politician and a well known serial-seducer. By all accounts, she was neither his first, nor his last, conquest. This was predatory manipulation of a naive young women and, possibly, harassment.

Unfortunately, the scandal occurred during the 1990s, which was also when the details of the Anita Hill vs Clarence Thomas trial were frequently challenged as ‘not really harassment’ by most of the adults I knew. That trial outlined a situation that could be defined as workplace rape, yet people continued to justify it. As for Monica Lewinsky – presenting her as a potential victim was incomprehensible.

Not surprisingly, Monica Lewinsky faced a level of public humiliation, shame and ostracism that is hard to comprehend. She was publicly cast as a home wrecker, a whore and a litany of other things; while Clinton was…you know….a powerful man. You can’t blame him, it was that woman.

Fast forward many years and Ms. Lewinsky has resurfaced as a strong, confident woman. She is an anti-bullying activist, putting her own experiences with public humiliation to good use as she works to prevent suicide and fight cyber-bullying, face-to-face bullying and mobbing.

I admire all people who have faced incredibly difficult experiences and, somehow, managed to reach the other side. I have great admiration for people who use those experiences to become stronger and more determined to help others who have also been through the proverbial fire. Monica Lewinsky has done that.

Ms. Lewinsky has been added to my admiration list because, frankly, she deserves it.