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The Child Molester (1964)

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Some guy molests children

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Herbert J. Leder

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Herbert J. Leder (screenplay)
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An old fashion educational film that actually got much of it right...
13 October 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While this film has rather poor sound and it looks quite dated, for a 1960s public service film, it did a good job of explaining the problem of child molestation and how to protect your kids from them. I'd just watched another public service film "Duck and Cover" and found 99% of its advice to be completely ridiculous, as it advocated covering your face with newspapers or hiding under a school desk to help you survive nuclear attack! "The Child Molester", on the other hand, gets a lot of it right--and it's a sobering reminder to parents to talk about this with young kids.

It's important to note that I used to be a social worker and then a therapist specializing in sexual abuse treatment. So I have a good idea of the good and bad of this film. As far as the bad goes, it perpetuates the stereotype that molesters are strangers and men. Most reliable estimates are that only about 10-20% of the molesters are strangers and while men still predominate, in recent years the number of identified female perpetrators is on the rise--so you need to take some of the advice with a grain of salt. However, the film excels in showing that you can inoculate a child against such stranger rape by simply teaching them a few basic rules. It won't protect them in every case (as the film is clear to explain) but it will eliminate much of the risk. Also, the ending of the film, while very graphic and disturbing, is very effective--it shows that the risk is real and deadly.

Overall, not a bad film at all and an interesting relic from the 1960s.


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