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Oh, the Irony: Weiner Championed Bill to Keep Sexual Predators Off the Internet

This is pretty ironic. The American Thinker is reporting that the Rep. Anthony Weiner’s website boasts about how he spearheaded legislation that would make it more difficult for sexual predators to target underage internet users:

Sadly, the Internet is the predator’s venue of choice today. We need to update our strategies and our laws to stop these offenders who are a mere click away from our children.

To read the text of the KIDS (Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators) Act of 2007 click here

You can read the press release from my press conference releasing the report here

Weiner isn’t a sex offender, just a creep, but there are legitimate questions over whether his behavior crossed the line into sexual harassment. He said yesterday that “to the best of his knowledge” the women were all of legal age, and so far there’s no evidence to doubt that claim. But there are other aspects to the saga that raise red flags.

For example, one of the women he was sending photos to told ABC News that she voiced her uneasiness with the relationship to Weiner at one point, and he responded by joking that he was “stalking” her.

“I don’t think he has any control over what he’s doing in this area,” the woman told ABC News. “I don’t think someone can be that open in that amount of time.”

Another strange piece of the puzzle is the initial photo he sent to a young college student that set off the controversy. According to the student, she and Weiner had absolutely no inappropriate contact before the photo was sent. “There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me,” she said in a statement.

The woman also claimed that she was surprised to see the photo, and said she “assumed that the tweet and the picture were [conservative Twitter users’] latest attempts at defaming the Congressman and harassing his supporters.”

But Weiner said at his press conference yesterday that he intentionally sent the photo, and that it was actually intended to be funny.

“I tweeted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a joke to a woman in Seattle,” he acknowledged.

Ha-ha? This is just a hunch, but I’m pretty sure that most women don’t find it a real knee-slapper to receive unsolicited sexually explicit photos from someone over the internet.

Let’s call this behavior what it is: sexual harassment. Of course, don’t expect to hear that objection from so-called feminist pundits.



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