#BringBrendanHome

Michigan readers, this is a shocking missing person case. Brendan Santo, 18, was last seen leaving Yakeley Hall on Michigan State University’s campus shortly before midnight on October 29. The Grand Valley State University student was visiting friends at MSU at the time. His car was found where he left it but there has been no sign of Brendan. Someone must know something. Two weeks have passed with no leads.

If you have any information, please contact the MSU police tip line at 844-996-7873. Tips can be anonymous. You never know what piece of information may help.

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/reward-in-missing-persons-case-of-brendan-santo-nearly-doubled.amp

https://www.fox17online.com/news/local-news/michigan/msu-police-release-photos-of-brendan-santos-possessions-as-search-continues


Protecting Pedophiles is always at the expense of victims.

An assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University (VA) has an interesting twist on preventing crime and child advocacy. https://nypost.com/2021/11/15/allyn-walker-says-attraction-to-children-isnt-immoral/?utm_source=url_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site buttons&utm_campaign=site buttons. Or maybe a twisted interest. Professor Allyn Walker defended their book, A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity, calling for pedophiles who do not act on their desires to be called “MAPs,” because there is nothing immoral about such a sexual attraction absent the commission of a crime on minor, and the word pedophile has become synonymous with sex offender. Due to safety concerns for the professor and the campus, Walker has been placed on administrative leave. https://www.wtkr.com/news/odu-puts-assistant-professor-on-administrative-leave-following-controversial-interview-defending-people-attracted-to-children.

I don’t even know where to start. The fine points about the definition of “pedophelia,” which Miriam-Webster specifically defines as “a psychiatric disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child;” the attempt to give a “nicer” name to those who are sexually attracted to children but do not act on their desires (yet); or the attempt to make me the immoral one for thinking MAPs are still pedophiles and as such ticking time bombs?

Victims of child sexual exploitation/abuse have the sanctity of their bodies, their safety, and their dignity taken away. The entire world crashes down around them because of this heinous, violent and criminal violation and abuse of power disguised as sex acts. Many times they are not even believed by people close to them, or are threatened so they won’t come forward at all, to anyone. If they do, the legal system usually finds a way to re-victimize in one way or many ways. The law in every state dictates that a minor cannot consent, under any circumstance, to sexual contact. Yet society is supposed to give a gold star to people for not acting on their illegal sexual impulses? A special name, a special category? If Professor Walker is serious about child abuse prevention, maybe next they can research how many MAPs remain that way for life and don’t cross into using child pornography or acting on their desires. Compare the studies of how many victims an “offending” pedophile usually has over the course of a lifetime, and how these criminals do not “age out” of their sex crimes. Society deems what is moral and immoral, not the defenders of “harmless” sexual attraction towards minors. How can they defend such a fine and warped line?


“[A] remarkable acknowledgment of grave errors made in a case of towering importance: the 1965 murder of one of America’s most influential Black leaders in the fight against racism.”

“Two of the men found guilty of the assassination of Malcolm X are expected to have their convictions thrown out on Thursday, the Manhattan district attorney and lawyers for the two men said, rewriting the official history of one of the most notorious murders of the civil rights era.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/nyregion/malcolm-x-killing-exonerated.html 

A review of these convictions, which was undertaken as an explosive documentary about the assassination and a new biography renewed interest in the case, did not identify who prosecutors now believe really killed Malcolm X, and those who were previously implicated but never arrested are dead. But, as the NYT article explains, the review and the exoneration of these two men “recasts one of the most painful moments in modern American history.”

Prosecutor Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., apologized on behalf of all of law enforcement “which he said had failed the families of the two men,” failures which could not be remedied. Vance explained: “but what we can do is acknowledge the error, the severity of the error.”

If you have not watched the documentary Who Killed Malcolm X, https://www.netflix.com/title/80217478, you should. Surely records were destroyed in that case (make up your own mind), but there were still a ton of responsive documents to FOIA requests and nobody made the film makers file suit or go to a state supreme court to try to get documents in that case.