May 30, 2014

Rundle: apres Rolf, le deluge

Britons are reeling from a series of high-profile children's entertainers who are being accused -- and in some cases convicted -- or child sex abuse. But Australia's turn is still to come -- and it will be ugly when it does.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Rolf Harris

Well, there goes Rolf. That familiar, near iconic, beard and horn-rims has spent two days in the witness box defending himself against multiple charges of sexual assault of teenage girls. Harris stands accused of groping and fondling a girl when she was 13. She was friends with Harris’s daughter, Bindi, and Harris was friends with her parents.

To complicate matters, Harris and the girl/woman in question began a consensual sexual affair after she turned 18, an affair that continued for some years. Both Harris and his accuser attest to the adult relationship, but Harris denies that anything untoward took place before she was 18.

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28 thoughts on “Rundle: apres Rolf, le deluge

  1. paddy

    Refreshingly sane take on the whole sorry business.
    You’re in fine form Guy.

  2. Jaybuoy

    On one occasion he molested her within yards of his sunbathing wife and daughter and performed oral sex on her in the same room as other sleeping children, the jury of six men and six women was told… these are not frivolous accusations and should not be trivialised.. it’s mass hysteria according to Harris who seems to have groped on an industrial scale..

  3. Mark Duffett

    Not just the British public. Rundle expresses much more eloquently what I was thinking just yesterday – that a little bit of my childhood is going to die if Harris is convicted. Even that Goodies episode is now forever tarnished.

  4. mikeb

    The Goodies had it right. Rolf Harris’s need to be hunted out of existance.

  5. Tom Jones

    He should have avoided singing Jake the Peg to the jury. An own goal if over there was one.

  6. Tony Brill

    >have we only recently become aware of something that has been occurring at a rate more or less unchanged for decades?

    I seem to recall that about 1905 Freud was finding a lot of women reporting abuse by their fathers and when he reported that data he was howled down by his colleagues.

    So he invented the account that girls fantasise about sex with their fathers and that became the official belief.

  7. Venise Alstergren

    TOM JONES: Bingo! Once the person making you laugh turns out to be a monster resentment will be tossed into the mix.

  8. Venise Alstergren

    Even before the Romans established an empire small children were being raped for public and private amusement. It’s just that we are at the fag end of the Victorian era. At a time when Queen Victoria was enjoying her widowhood the English- speaking world’s middle classes rushed to conform to her standards. The good woman was so respectable she refused to believe that women could be in a homosexual relationship with other females. Male homosexuality existed but wasn’t mentioned in polite society-and, if caught, punishment was cruel.

    It’s possible she couldn’t believe paedophilia existed either.

  9. mikeb

    “So he invented the account that girls fantasise about sex with their fathers and that became the official belief.”

    Invented suggests fabricating the evidence behind his theories. Although his theories were questioned and were maybe incorrect, it’s another stretch to label them as being invented.

  10. Dion Giles

    Aren’t all these speculations about Harris’ future more relevant after a jury has convicted him?

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