I was troubled by this headline on the front of today’s Sunday Telegraph “Michael Jackson ‘wed’ me aged 9”
I believe the full story is also here and it is not a pleasant one
There is a picture of James Safechuck and if I may quote an extract
It’s James who first describes his recollection of their friendship turning sexual with Jackson allegedly introducing him to masturbation. He saw it as a form of “bonding” and it kicked off what he describes as a “sexual couple relationship” when the two were left alone, allowed to share hotel rooms by James’s unaware mother. The stories progress into even darker territory as she would find her hotel rooms being booked on different floors, Jackson making sure to prevent any potential discovery. James recalls that he woke on one occasion to find Jackson saying that while he was asleep, he had performed oral sex on him. He also told the boy that he was Jackson’s first sexual experience and that this was just an “acceptable way of experiencing your love.
What bothered me was how one might explain such a front page article to e.g the DGSs with whom I am staying, aged 7 and 9. If they had seen it, how they might have reacted?
Should this be emblazoned on the front page of a national broadsheet? Or does it belong inside?
Silent treatment - son
Caught in the act - neighbours
How to say it - 'no'