Pedophiles in the Netherlands are registering a political party to press for lowering the legal age of sexual relations from 16 to 12 and allow child porn and bestiality.
On its website, the Charity, Freedom and Diversity Party declares: “We are going to shake The Hague awake!”
The party, which plans to register tomorrow, says it eventually wants to get rid of the age limit on sexual relations, Reuters reported.
Ad van den Berg, a party founder, told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper a “ban just makes children curious.”
“We want to make pedophilia the subject of discussion,” he said.
“We want to get into parliament so we have a voice. Other politicians only talk about us in a negative sense, as if we were criminals,” Van den Berg told Reuters.
Although the Netherlands already has liberal policies permitting prostitution and same-sex marriage, opinion polls show the public isn’t ready for a pedophile party.
In a survey published today, 67 percent believe promoting pedophilia should be illegal, and 82 percent want the government to do something to stop the party’s formation.
“They make out as if they want more rights for children. But their position that children should be allowed sexual contact from age 12 is of course just in their own interest,” anti-pedophile activist Ireen van Engelen said, according to Reuters.
In California two years ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill dubbed by critics as “The Pedophile Protection Act.”
Opponents said it created a loophole for abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood, to be exempted from reporting statutory rape, molestation and sexual abuse and gives molesters greater opportunity to be involved with the caregiving of children.
In addition, the new law changed the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act’s definition of “sexual assault” to exclude consensual oral copulation, sodomy and sexual penetration between two minors who are both 14 years or older.
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