You're right both are not crimes. But it is also indicative of behavior that may be criminal. If one is 50 years old and he's been masturbating to children since he was 18 (btw no one just one day becomes attracted to a child. People are attracted to what they're attracted to at adolescence), then for 32 years he's been dreaming about sex with kids. And has been reinforcing the behavior and thoughts of sex with minors with the sexual self gratification. If given the opportunity would he? I bet yes. But even if we don't know, would you want your kids around him. it is a good idea for parents and teachers to keep an eye on people like him. There is no overreaction in reporting suspicious activity. Let the police and courts and jury of peers decide. There is a lot of steps involved. A very small percentage of child molesters are ever reported. An even smaller percentage of them arrested. And a percentage of that percentage--convicted.
But about 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused in the us. It's a large number. Which means as a society not enough is being done.
This isn't new..it's been going on for 100's of years. Just that now, people are encouraged to come forward. Oh... of those 1in 3 or 1 in 5 abused, i'm willing to bet that 90%+ of the crimes have been committed by family/friends of the family... not some guy at the park with a camera.
Too many CSI/Criminal Minds type shows are making us super-paranoid.
along these lines...
I like to take street shots. and I am fully aware I appear creepy to 99% of people. half the people who see me give me a wtf look. and there are plenty of times I have seen kids who I thought would have looked amazing in a candid shot but I couldn't bring myself to do it because of all the people who posted in this thread. it is purely for artistic reasons I want the shot but immediately everyone assumes the worst.
I've been told that in Europe it is far more common to take pictures of other people's kids and people don't automatically think along the lines of these. do you think there are less sickos in Europe? for a country built on freedoms we seem the most active in taking away rights.
do you think it's right for cops to profile against blacks? what makes you think it's okay to profile against photographers?
many hypocrites here. people don't want to be hassled about their right to take pics in public spaces yet that is exactly what is happening here, by photographers themselves.
heck, I even hesitated to post this post just in case google causes problems for me later. but well, someone has to say it.
look, men like grown women. many men will do things in private looking at grown women. BUT, most men will not hurt a grown woman. I am not saying it is right, but it is logical to think most people would not hurt kids either. there are sick people out there, but don't be a hypocrite and assume of them what you don't want others to assume of you.
...and lastly, do you think it's harmless to tell the principal? to "alert" the authorities? have YOU been hassled before? I am profiled constantly for the car I drive. I've been pulled over many many times for the stupidest reasons. some cops even have apologized to me afterwards. and because of this, every single time I see a cop my heart jumps out of my chest. EVERY TIME. it is NOT harmless just to tell.
I can relate...100%. Good post.
While it may seem "harmless", being accused of, or it being insinuated that he was "perving out", it could very well cause him no end of hassles.. for years to come(which would be a shame if he's not doing anything untoward).