Don’t Talk to Strangers

Let’s face it, our kids aren’t safe most anywhere these days. First it was total strangers. Then it was priests. Now we have to keep them away from coaches and teachers who prey on the innocent. Really, what has our world come to?

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3 Thoughts to “Don’t Talk to Strangers”

  1. gene

    Good Morning from Omaha,

    Its a sad commentary on life these days. Its probably nothing new. People don’t change. I would think that this activity has been going on since the beginning of time. Most of the victims would probably hide their shame by keeping quiet and suppress there hurt with alcohol and/or drugs

    .The only difference is that now the shame felt by the victims is being revisited on the predators. Its a black mark on society that this has been ignored as long as it has been. They used to say that when a parent sat across the living room from JoPa and he would assure them that he would look after their son, that they felt confident in the decision to send there son to Penn State. Who would have guessed what was hiding in the Penn State closet.

    Recently someone said, and I am paraphrasing here ” if we can’t protect our children, who can we protect” ( matt Millen) .security starts at home- not on a battle ship out in the middle of the pacific ocean.

    This plague upon our society is like termite damage to a house. You ignore it at your own peril.

    Strive for excellence, nothing but your best.

    Gene

  2. Badger

    Like Gene said, this has probably been going on for a long time…so let’s not pretend that this is suddenly a new problem. Let’s encourage more people to speak up – witnesses and victims alike – when something like this goes down.

    We can’t stop it entirely, and never will. Bad things will always happen, no matter how hard we try. But by shedding more light on the problem, the guilty can be punished, the victims can get help, and just maybe some of this can be prevented in the future.

  3. Chuck

    Unfortunately, this is nothing new. This has been an accepted practice in some societies for millenium. It was considered a type of mentoring of these young men. Sick and twisted as it sounds, it is still an accepted practice in some parts of the world today. Google the word “halekon” and read up on the modern-day acceptance of this.

    At the risk of stating the obvious, the only ones that can betray our trust are the ones that we trust. We know that keeping the kids away from “uncle creepy” is a good idea, but these predators make themselves look like people we want to trust. Whether a priest, coach, scoutleader or teacher, we need to be able to trust others.

    These that are guilty of these horrific crimes against those that are most vulnerable needs to be punished. So many of the states have some very lenient laws on the books that give extremely short sentences. Maybe if these offenders weren’t segregated, the recidivism rates for these crimes would disappear.

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