LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that does an absolutely miserable job of protecting our children. Every 10 seconds an instance of child abuse is reported to authorities. That amounts to 3,153,600 every year. Most reports of child abuse involve more than one child, so the number of children affected is more than 6,000,000. Of that number, 45% are under the age of 5. One in every five children will suffer sexual abuse and most of the time that sexual abuse is done by someone they know. 

It seems that teaching has become the profession of choice for a new crop of pedophile predators. Daily reports of teachers having sex with their students appear in every newspaper in the country. A classic example is Republican and former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, who has been found guilty of paying hush money to keep his history of molesting young boys while an Illinois high school wrestling coach, under wraps. In the current class K-12, 4.5 million will suffer sexual abuse.

Of course religious leaders continue their centuries long history of abusing children as well. I am not saying that every teacher or every religious leader is a pedophile. Most, of course, are not. I am saying that both groups have employed a pitiful vetting process, and our children suffer the results. Many times even those who are convicted of these heinous acts against children get a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again. This situation is unacceptable. Strong and severe penalties must be enforced. Thorough investigations with psychological evaluations must be made for any position that requires close association with children. Children do not know how to protect themselves from this crap. They depend on us, and we cannot afford to let them down.

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Nancy Kaplan


Retired Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, news junky, progressive