A fantastic article from The Economist

Many moons ago I was interviewed by Helen Joyce for a piece slated to come out in The Economist, a major British publication. I was beginning to think it was never going to see the light of day. Lo and behold, the piece finally dropped today! It’s called Shedding light on the dark field and it is quite a long and thorough piece. Yes, I’m in it, but the piece is not specifically about me. It’s really about the problems with mandatory reporting laws and how they are counterproductive to the goal of protecting children from sexual abuse. It’s one of the best articles on this subject I’ve read in ages, and I am very proud to have contributed to it. There’s also a companion piece in the same issue called First, save the children, though you’ll need a subscription to The Economist to read more than one article there. This is understandable, as the publication still has a print version as well as its online version, and they aren’t cheap to produce.

Brave grandma dies protecting her grandkids from sex offender

Loving grandmother Candy Arthurs perished yesterday after being stabbed by convicted sex offender Kristopher T. Amos during an incident that occurred over a month ago. Amos is believed to have tricked two of Arthurs’ grandchildren into following him into an alley on the premise of searching for a supposedly missing drone, possibly in order to abuse one or both of them. When Arthurs realized what was happening, she confronted Amos, who stabbed her in the chest, killing her. He also stabbed one of the children in the shoulder, though it seems the boy sustained only a minor injury and is expected to fully recover. While it is a sad day for the family of Candy Arthurs, she died a hero and will no doubt be remembered as such by her grandchildren, as well as many others, including me. And hopefully this time Amos stays in prison, where he belongs. You can read more about this incident here.