Frederick Douglass: Civil Rights Pioneer or Dangerous Pedophile?

When you learned about Frederick Douglass in your middle school history class, did you think there was something a little off about him? Well, you’re not alone. Consider the following:

DNA evidence is often used to link perpetrators to their victims in modern sex crime investigations. Frederick Douglass is believed to have had DNA. Conveniently enough for him, DNA testing technology had not yet been developed in the 1800s. Red flag.

Frederick Douglass was a masterful orator. Powerful skills of persuasion come in handy when attempting to woo unsuspecting children into one’s van. Red flag.

96% of pedophiles are male. Frederick Douglass was a man. Red flag.

In 1847, a child named Ann Waters was raped in Nashville, Tennessee. Data show that the average age of a child rapist is 30. Frederick Douglass was born in 1817, making him 30 years old in 1844 when the rape took place. This doesn’t prove Douglass’ guilt, but it definitely raises some questions. Red flag.

Reports have been surfacing for years of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church which has been going on for years. It turns out Frederick Douglass was a Christian man. Red flag.

89% of child sex abuse perpetrators are known to the victim. Frederick Douglass knew a lot of people, increasing the likelihood that many of his acquaintances were children. Children he probably wanted sexually. Red flag.

According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health the typical offender is male, begins molesting by age 15, engages in a variety of deviant behavior, and molests an average of 117 youngsters, most of whom do not report the offense. Frederick Douglass was once 15. Red flag. He is known to have been wanted in Maryland regarding a property dispute. Red flag. Frederick Douglass never had any sex abuse offenses reported against him. Red flag.

Conclusion: Sure, a lot of this is circumstantial evidence. But that’s a whole lot of red flags. Just saying.

- BE

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