– “Curiouser and Curiouser!”:
Paedophile Networks and the Children’s Rights Movement
Paedophiles, acting under cover, have defined, or rather redefined, the nature of childhood and the relationship between parents and children.
Peter Newell, who shares a name with the illustrator of Alice in Wonderland, is a convicted paedophile. In this article we shall attempt to follow the warren-like network of his connections to the Children’s Rights Movement. The results are shocking and, likely, far from complete; for the links are everywhere.
Peter Newell pled guilty on 2nd January to two charges of serious sexual assault between May 1966 and May 1968, and to three charges of indecent assault committed between May 1965 and May 1968. He was jailed for six years and eight months. The case was reported in the mainstream press; well, some of the mainstream press:
- BBC News: Children’s rights activist Peter Newell jailed for abuse
- Metro: Man who wanted smacking banned jailed after raping 13-year-old boy
- The Daily Mail: Top UNICEF children’s rights campaigner – who led UK’s anti-smacking campaign – is jailed for rape of boy, 13, in latest charity sex scandal
- The Times: Paedophile Peter Newell had key role at child charity
- The Telegraph: Children’s rights campaigner jailed for abusing a 12-year-old boy
Quite a variety of headlines, although only the Daily Mail headline really gets at the significance of the case. This was not just another in the long and depressing line of paedophiles convicted decades after their offending began. This was a key individual in the Children’s Rights Movement, and his work has shaped both the legislation and the culture currently arrayed against the traditional family. Let us look more closely.