Another nail driven into the coffin of childhood innocence
Published 01/07/2014 | 02:30
The word 'irony' seems grievously inadequate. Among the plethora of sad and bewildering facts that have emerged about Rolf Harris during his trial was the story that he once presented an educational video for Australian schools dealing with the prevention of child sexual abuse. Harris appeared, in 1985, with four children talking about 'yes' and 'no' feelings, and where children might be in danger.
What was he thinking? Few people, it now seems, knew who Rolf Harris truly was; but for more than 50 years he has presented a figure of unimpeachable trust.
A psychologist might interpret the video – made at the height of Harris's offending – as evidence of some sort of battle in his mind between his depraved behaviour and his conscience.