"When I first took up post as a new Probation Officer in Huddersfield in 1971, the world was a much different place than it is today. Within a few years in the job, I started to specialise in working with aggressive and sexually deviant behaviour, as these type of offences were largely involuntary at the point of commission and were usually committed on impulse. As a Behaviourist, I had become very interested in all manner of impulsive behaviour which led to offending as it represented a form of action that was beyond the control of the individual at the precise point of commission.
Between 1970 and 1975, the overwhelming majority of sexual offences committed were ones of indecent exposure by dirty old men on buses and those of stealing knickers off a washing line and peeping toms. Indecent assaults were less frequent than they are today and the offence of rape was rare to encounter and made national front page news whenever it happened.
By the 1990s, it seemed that society had gone mad in the type of offences one person was prepared to commit against another, along with their changing pattern, extent and frequency. Society became more aggressive as a whole and offenders became more depraved and sexually exploitative in their offending pattern of behaviour. There was a rapid increase in offences of rape and violence, and for the first time in my working experience, the age range of both victim and offender was becoming simultaneously younger and older. There were more younger offenders who were prepared to commit sexual and aggressive offences against older victims and more older offenders committing sexual offences against young children. Many of the offences could only be described as being abominable acts of depravity; some involving mere infants and children aged 3 years and 4 years old.
Offending patterns were invariably worsened by an increase in alcohol and drug addiction, but it had been a gradual desensitisation in society and an overall loosening of moral constraint which had proved equally responsible for the sexual landslide into the tacit acceptance of lifestyles and behaviour which in 1971 and before, would never have been tolerated.
By my retirement from the Probation Service in 1995, I would have willingly welcomed the return of the dirty old man in a mackintosh who exposed himself in public on the Holmfirth bus out of Huddersfield or from behind the bushes of Greenhead Park, along with the occasional washing-line knicker nicker and the Peeping Tom, if it meant that the clock could be put back to 1971.
So often I hear the term 'It's progress' being used as an explanation for change as opposed to an excuse for regression. Based upon my twenty five years experience as a former Probation Officer, and believing that the world was a better place to live in before 1971 than after 1971, I would have to conclude that, in the area of sexual offences, 'Progress' is a false assumption, promoted largely by that great heresy of degenerates!" William Forde: October 25th, 2015.