Valuable lesson #9: Child sexual abuse is hilarious.
July 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
1. If you’re unfamiliar with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, please look him up. You will learn you are not only a part of the Universe, but ARE the Universe.
2. A friend recently told me this was his favourite story. I spent my 20s working in a school for children with various special needs. Twice a year we would take some of them to an outdoor adventure centre where we would climb, tunnel, drive quad-bikes etc. It was awesome. And very dirty. Hence we would shower the kids every night.
One boy I worked with, who was about 8, had various digestive medical conditions that resulted in him wearing a nappy and often suffering discomfort. At the end of one day he was in a toilet cubicle both undressing for his shower and using the facilities. Suddenly he called out to me, in a lot of distress, that his bottom was stinging (This is not the funny part!). I hurried him into the shower and rinsed him down with water relieving him of his agony. He was very thankful and continued to shower as normal.
Many weeks later, I was helping out in his classroom when out of the blue, he said to me “Do you remember when you were in the shower with me and I was crying because my bottom hurt?”
3. Don’t feel bad that you don’t know what you’re doing sometimes. No one does. We are all making it up as we go.
“I am the universe, child anal rape is hilarious and even though you’re less useful than a turd in this world, other people are too! So it’s absolutely A-OK. Don’t feel bad. For the love of God, don’t ever feel bad.”
NB: Around 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. On an email list of 20,000 people a very coarse estimate of 3900 people have been victims. And this guy sends out a joke about how the insinuation of child rape is a “funny story”. Way to go, Dan. You’re a champ.
(It’s becoming apparent that humanity uses our internet-enabled mass communication, 1st: to notice how most people are at best useless and at worst disgusting. And 2nd: to reassure itself that this is okay and not a crisis in need of immediate remedy)