Magazine article The Spectator

Teenage Rats

Magazine article The Spectator

Teenage Rats

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Rougemont

I was going to write about the 25-yearold female teacher whom a jury judged not guilty of raping teenage boys, but then the sainted editor took the words right out of my typewriter. In his Daily Telegraph column, that is. Let's face it, Amy Gehring was no looker, but then she was no rapist either, simply because only men can rape, women cannot. Motivated by greed and coached by the tabloids, those guttersnipes committed the greatest of sins they ratted on a fast girl, the proverbial lifesaver in the turbulent sea of a boy's adolescence.

When I was that age I would have given anything in the world to stop self-service and get laid with a woman ten years older than myself. And the uglier she was, the easier I knew it was going to be. In the nine years of boarding school, there were some encounters with nurses and secretaries, but, alas, not before I had turned 15.

Those ridiculous female columnists, who wailed what if those boys had been girls, were just blowing smoke. England is full of male paedophiles and dangerous sex offenders and they're worried about some pimply ruffians who knew the price of ratting, but not the value of easy sex. Fiftythree years ago, at Lawrenceville Prep, next to Princeton, the fastest townie was `racy Gracie', a pretty little thing who once let me kiss her but told me I was too young when I touched her breasts. (I was 12.) By the time I had full town privileges, she was long gone. This is all well and good, and lotsa fun, but now I come to the serious part.

On 27 October 2001, in the Daily Telegraph magazine, Emma Soames, the editor, and Mick Brown, the writer, showed great courage in publishing the story of Philippine Lambert, daughter of Baron and Baroness Lambert, who at 20 years of age killed herself, leaving a note by her bed accusing a family friend of sexually abusing her from the age of 12, and demanding that he should pay for it.

I have written about this case before, and it's one very close to my heart. The Lamberts have been good friends of mine since youth. Baron Lambert is the scion of a Jewish banking dynasty, related to the Rothschilds, upper class, and very, very low key. (Baron Lambert's grandfather financed King Leopold's Congolese takeover.) Philippine was probably the most hauntingly beautiful child, young girl, and teenager I'd ever seen. …

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