There was nothing exciting about my 14th birthday. Sure, I was a teenager and all but I had already made a fuss about that when I was 13. Other than thinking that I was a man, I really don’t remember anything about being 14. I’m sure that my parents can give a profile of me as a teenager but I doubt that even they could narrow the details down to that age, seeing that nothing remarkable happened.
As uneventful as those ages may be for me, some are not as lucky. Sometimes it’s best not going through anything then being traumatize. Negative events during teenage years, and prior, can cause major psychological problems later. That being said, imagine the affect that rape can have on a teenager. According to The New York Times, A 14 year old in Thailand is alleging that he was raped by Mikhail V. Pletnev, “a Russian piano prodigy turned world-renowned conductor and composer.”
Mr. Pletnev is said to be facing 4 to 20 years in jail. Though he has not confessed to the rape, I’m pretty sure that the other villagers in Pattaya won’t be looking at him the same way again.
I’m sure that this is not the first time that something like this has happened in Thailand, and it probably won’t be the last. Sadly, instead of being a voice that speak out against these things, those that we expect to know better are often part of the problem. However, I think that we should hold off on final judgment concerning Mr. Pletnev’s case until all the facts are known. Perhaps this is an attempt by the boy and/or his family to gain publicity or cash.
This story is extremely disturbing. If Mr. Pletnev wanted to explore his homosexuality, he should of hooked up with with a grown man. I’m sure there are plenty of gay males who would of been thrilled to sleep with a man of such fame. If Pletnev did commit the crime I hope that he is punished severely. In order to prevent such crimes by foreigners, Thailand needs to set an example. Of course they have to make sure that the evidence is not tempered with.