Alright, I walked right into that one... the TV show reference could only backfire... so yeah, I put myself right out there...
While my first impulse was to reply in all sarcasm ("oh no, silverfish, you ruined it for me!"), I realize that wouldn't be productive. So, silverfish, please rest assured that I am fully aware of the difference between reality and fiction. I do not need to understand diddly. In the case of L&O and it's spin-offs, the show has disclaimer stating the story is fictional and does not depict an actual person or event. Yet, many episodes make reference to real-life events.
The episodes may not DEPICT an event, nor do they follow the same story line; however, they do make loosely-based references to real-life ISSUES. I could list so many, but I found a fan site who did part of the work for me up to Season 8 (you may link to http://svufn.wikidot.com/whatissvu, scroll down to the section "Plot Inspirations"). To mention just a few recent episodes: the fortuitous case break of a missing child by a university police after years of being missing (Jaycee Dugard), a sexual PowerPoint presentation going viral on the internet (Duke University alumna), and most recently, a politician's love child scandal (Schwarzenegger).
As mentioned this fan site: "[...] many Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episodes are clear references to high-profile real-life cases, and are based on thinly-veiled dramatizations of these actual events, though the particulars and outcome may end up to be quite different."
Now, down to business...
First off, it is Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (L&O:SVU), not CSI; two different shows. That said:
a) it is your prerogative to flag a post you find offensive, inappropriate, dangerous, libelous, et al... kudos to you for being proactive.
b) nobody is telling you what to do with your children; to me it resonated more of a cautionary note for other parents to ALWAYS BE VIGILANT of the ever-present threat of predators (even familiar, seemingly reliable ones)
c) I am --personally-- all for the nude experience. I think nudity is natural, beautiful and enjoyable! Our children should have that right...
Furthermore, silverfish, although the post does seem a bit conspicuous, I felt this post came from a desperate mom who found a place to vent and search for support. God knows I have subscribed to other forums just for immediate answers or support they could provide me for a given issue (point in case, my single and only post on another parenthood site).
Finally, silverfish, as to the comment of such hype being damaging and an overstated threat, you are both right and wrong. Your point is valid, BUT:
I live in a third world country. I get to see and experience first-hand the threatening presence of violence, chaos and mayhem. I know for a fact that there are many, MANY permissive governments, with lax border and customs policies, bribable law enforcement, and indifferent people of an uninterested society.
Have you ever traveled abroad? I see you are in Montreal, and you are blessed to live in such a beautiful place. The rest of us in God-forsaken parts of the world are not so lucky. Did you know that in the tropical paradise that I live in many Canadians have been assaulted, raped, robbed, and murdered? So much so, that the agency luring Canadians to this paradise had to close shop. Sure, more keep coming in; I just hope they are brought in different conditions, forewarned and kept safe.
Now bare with me, I do not live in Colombia nor Mexico (both countries with a sad reputation of violence and infamous for high crime rates)... and I am not saying any of these happen to me daily, but these are the facts and it is the reality of living here:
1.- My brother-in-law has been abducted 3 times. By guerilla. Foreign guerilla, mind you. For ransom. He now pays a "vaccination" fee, which basically means he is "insured" by one of the mafias that operate in the quadrant where his cattle farm is located (there are several, so you may have to pay your dues to more than one).
2.- One of my father's business associates was abducted on one occasion. The man was high profile loan shark, had heavy contacts within the federal and regional government, as well as the underworld. He was held captive for about 5 months. They demanded an insanely high amount of money. He was able to negotiate his release by financing his ransom through a bank loan for the down payment and further installments over the course of a year. His daughter is now in charge of the family business. She still pays a "vaccine".
3- A close friend of mine was abducted and kept for captive for 7 months. He wasn't here for the birth of his first son. He was held captive in the mountains. He was rescued by the anti-abduction unit of the regional intelligence force. The only reason he was rescued alive was because one of the abductors --the one who lagged behind on his superior's command to kill the prisoner as they fled the scene-- had developed some kind of friendship with this guy (who was incidentally disgruntled at the "organization" due to the constant delays in the supply of provisions).
4.- An acquaintance from the upper crust of this city is now incarcerated because he had his young girlfriend assassinated, as she was threatening to tell the wife . Now, this one is a classic. His now ex-wife has a solid social standing here and is to inherit a large, prosperous business with international operations from her father. He cheated on her repeatedly, from early on in the relationship. My husband and I were under the impression that he married her for her money. He started "dating" this attractive girl who worked at the car dealership where he bought his latest car. He then went on to hire her to work for his comany (a sister company of his father-in-law's corporation). The relationship became steady, she was his "serious" girlfriend. Young, pretty, large silicone boobs (that he paid for); a walking billboard for plastic surgery, botox, silicon and bleach. He visited her regularly at her parent's house, like a boyfriend would. Apparently, he was stringing her along with the M word (marriage). Finally, she called his bluff and threatened to go to the wife (hoping to cause his divorce). You want to know the saddest part? The wife already knew, but chose overlook his affairs for the sake of their children and their marriage. He was fed up with this situation and couldn't seem to be able to shake the girl off. Somehow, this seems to have become a conversation with his lawyer, who then advised him to "get rid of her", for which he had "the right contacts". This sordid character organized the murder of a young girl for a client! This lawyer also happens to be a personal acquaintance of mine! Just to illustrate that you never know who's behind the face... btw, they are BOTH in prison now.
There are so many more... I have to admit that my relatives and friends are among the lucky few. Most abductees return to their families in a coffin, even after their families have paid the ransom (oftentimes with premiums). In this city alone, there are an average of 100 abductions per year (more or less, depending on the year). There is also the popular "express" abduction, where petty thieves kidnap their victims and hold them for under 24 hours, while chasing around the city cashing cheques at the bank or withdrawing money from ATMs.
Now, you may think I am making this up; after all I am just an online presence. I could be anybody I want, say anything I like!!! However, I could privately link you to news articles that corroborate everything I have told you (though some were kept from the news... I guess I could hunt down copies of the police files, though I don't think I'd do it --sorry!).
Kidnap is a reality I have to live with. Hence the GPS chip conversation with my husband...
I am not a recluse. I have traveled around 17 countries --and counting! I backpacked (didn't hitchhike; not safe). I have met all sorts of characters. I am thankful for the incredible experiences, and I am grateful that I am now safely home, in a single piece.
You may feel that I am b*llsh*ttin' you. You may flag my comment, if you feel compelled to. But be aware: the world, the REAL world is not a reflection of your lovely bubble. I have seen evil. I know it's lurking in the dark, shady corners of life. Yet, I choose to live, and live fully. Just aware. Vigilant. And conscious that it may strike, even if I (naively) believe I am being thorough.
SORRY EVERYONE FOR THE SUPERLONG POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S.- A friend's first husband turned out to be a sex offender. She married her highschool sweetheart, a nice guy actively involved in their church, highly regarded within their tight community. It turns out he had a habit of exposing himself to children around the neighborhood they lived in!!! There is a school 2 blocks away from their house!! She was completely unaware about this aspect of her spouse's life. She found out when the police came to her house, during the course of the investigation.... she was understandably shocked. Only God knows what he was working his way up to. Perhaps he was just warming up to bigger and greater thrills. I hope (and pray) this guy was stopped in time!
*ahem* Canadian, by the way; my friend, her ex, and the neighborhood. I guess you could call that "close to home".