Apart from his money and celebrity, what's different?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Dalton Harris is the UK X Factor champion. He has our heartiest congratulations and best wishes.

Unfortunately, this happy event has been shrouded in controversy. Joking around with other male youngsters has caused some of his countrymen to be upset. We are to understand that it is abnormal for two males to make any physical contact.

I would encourage this young man to ignore all these negative voices. My many years of experience have taught me that a lot of these people who claim to hate gays and others whose sexual preferences are unusual are really doing so because they have doubts about their own sexuality. Their behaviour is intended to remove all doubt — in the public eye — and in their own mind.

Then some feel that he should not have spoken about abuse which occurred early in his life, and that he should now seek to patch things up with his abusers.

I still do not think the society fully understands how prevalent child abuse is and the damage it is doing to individuals and, by extension, the society. There is not one mass murderer in the US whose problem did not start with child abuse. We don't bother keeping records here, but why does anyone think there is so much violence in this country? Where do you think the stomach to kill each other comes from?

Children who live in situations like Dalton spoke of have considerable problems with behaviour, negative peer involvement, depression, anxiety, violence to others, developmental delays, among other problems.

Many are suggesting that he should seek to “make up” with his family. That won't be difficult. He is now a celebrity with lots of money in his future. But I think this would be a bad idea. What, apart from his money and celebrity, is different from the past 22 years?

Dalton Harris needs to move on, without the baggage and hangers-on. He may even have need of therapy. If he has the right attitude and the right management, he will be fine.

Glenn Tucker


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