The Robert Hughes arrest is troubling in a lot of ways, to me especially. My daughter Jenny nearly got that role (the character, Jenny, was named after her), and I’m glad she didn’t. The rumours about Robert were pretty ferocious a few years into Hey Dad’s run, and it was said the show, though still top rating, was cancelled because the rumours were true.
A lot of adults have been in the situation Hey Dad’s producers were in when that happened. Nearly all of us have known of an uncle who was kiddy-fiddler or a priest who liked that sort of thing, or an older brother abusing his sister. Nearly all of us have not reported it. And nearly all the children we knew of were hurt because we did not report it. Because we kept silent. The Catholic Church is full of tales of suicides long after because of child abuse that was not stopped though it was known of, years before. It is a human tendency not to look at the ugly, nor talk about it much, nor call the police nor be a witness at the trial.
This is largely because the law is an ass when it comes to pederasty. The law aberrantly holds that a man is sane when he is sodomising a baby and so must stand trial before a jury. But he is not sane. How could he be.
It is in part because of this that reports of assault are rarely made. The witnesses realise the accused may be beaten to death in prison, it happens quite a lot, and they do not want that. So they keep silent.
I have kept silent about a man in our neighborhood, now dead. It is a very, very exhausting thing to make a charge like this, knowing the culprit will be out in ten years from now and may have a go at you or your family. Burn your house down, or whatever,
If they were given medical treatment and locked up in a comfortable asylum or hospital, that would be good with me. But gaol … I’m against gaoling anybody. A dentist’s drill applied for four minutes without anaesthetic would be punishment enough. Gaol is just a waste of breath.
Who is with me on this?