In Reply to: Re: it's hard posted by James Seemore on October 29, 2005 at 16:00:25:
"The climate of the world at that time was pretty open, kind of the tail end of the hippy period... into the disco age etc."
Just in case you thought that line from the Family spokespeople holds any water, it does not.
I read that you say you weren't around then, so you wouldn't know. I don't blame you for thinking the people you trust wouldn't be selling you bull, but that argument convinces nobody out here, much less those who were around back then.
The 70's implemented some of the sexual revolution that was experimented with in the sixties, but that was about accepted status of adults having sex outside marriage, especially for women, and less avoidance of discussing it.
The laws on the book today regarding child abuse are for the most part the same ones in place back then. There have been some very recent changes linked to the Catholic Priest abuse scandal, where people realized that most abused children are not able to come forward about abuse until much later, if at all. Even so, these changes in the last few years are the exception; other laws have remained and some people are trying to change them.