Here are three examples from today's news.
In the USA, an Oregon pastor was charged 18 years after several women accused him of sexually abusing them as minors. He reportedly admitted past drug and alcohol abuse, but denied ever abusing his accusers.
"I believe it is our mission to love God, to love the church and to love one another," he said in December. Source: Huffington Post.
In Scotland, an Observer Magazine investigation has uncovered a series of alleged sexual assaults at Aberlour House, the junior school of Gordonstoun, the Scottish public school where the Queen’s sons were educated. In one of the most shocking cases, a victim has told how she was raped in a tent by a teacher on a school camping trip while other children listened. She was just 12. Source: The Guardian.
In Australia, a witness at a child sex abuse inquiry says she was raped "well over 100 times" by a priest at St Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage Rockhampton in central Queensland.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard the treatment of children at the orphanage from 1940 to 1975 was "vicious and sadistic", while an earlier inquiry found hundreds of children were sexually abused, beaten and forced into hard labour there. Source: ABC News.
Why is this happening? I can't understand why human beings maltreat their young. One of the greatest drives of any race is to raise their children to carry on ... if not the family name, then the race as a whole. Without our youngsters, there is no future.
The greatest challenge we, as the human race, face at the moment is to stop ill-treatment of youngsters. It's no use turning a blind eye. I'll bet you or someone in your family can tell a story of a bad thing happening in the past. When I discussed it with my brother-in-law and his wife, we named three instances. Some of the mental affects never leave those involved.
'Cry for the children.' This quote rings in me from the time I read a SI-FI novel in the 70s. I think the words came from The Crysalids by John Wyndham about a future society who burn any person, plant or thing which is abnormal. Of course in the future scenario, judgment about what qualifies comes from the authorities.
Aside from fiction, similar ab … use of youngsters in almost every country on Earth have dire consequences for the children involved.
I don't know what to do about it. Apparently, pedophilia can't be treated. Not only that, but abusive behavior passes from the victim to others in the future. Perhaps they should be segregated on special islands for the rest of their days. They need patience and understanding too.
This is a topic we would rather not address. I feel the same way. I'd rather talk about the new leaves appearing on the horse chestnut trees outside. I'd rather enjoy the Spring weather. But, it could be happening near you.
Have you been affected by ill-treatment in your childhood?