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Whether We Say It or Not, Our Culture Provides Cover for Groomers

7 302 20

Last week, Hawaii high school teacher Alden Bunag was arrested and made his initial court appearance on June 16. Among other things, he admitted to prosecutors that he made a sex video with a 13-year-old boy who was a former student and sent it to others, including another teacher in Philadelphia.

This sordid case has brought to the fore of the culture war the terms "grooming" and "groomer" to describe efforts to sexualize children. The controversy around them stems from the fact that they cut to an uncomfortable truth: those championing the latest sexual revolution often have sexual improprieties they project onto others, as was the case with Bunag, whose social media posts display outspoken opposition to the use of the word "groomer."

This story began last year with a different investigation. Federal agents received a tip about a teacher, Andrew Wolf of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, a private school in Philadelphia, who had allegedly uploaded child pornography.

Wolf was part of a network that circulated child pornography online. Prosecutors said he had "posed as a minor on social media applications to bait minors into creating and sending him child pornography, including by targeting his own middle school students." Most victims were boys who thought they were talking with teenage girls.

So effective was the operation that Wolf........

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