What Would You Do if You Walked in on a Grown Man Raping a 10 Year Old Boy?

This is the question that I've been thinking about since the Penn State scandal broke.  I'm trying to think about this in the most honest way I can.  Since I'm a small woman, I don't think I would have tried to physically stop it, but then again, if it was my own child, maternal instincts would probably kick in and my rage would have no boundaries.

After my initial shock and horror, I would probably run.  I know it sounds horrible, but while I was running, I would have my cell phone in hand, dialing 911.  If I didn't have a phone, I would still run to find someone with a phone or a place where they had a phone and beg them to call police.  I think anyone hearing the words, "I just saw a grown man raping a child," would call the police without question.

Let's say the rapist is someone I know.  Would it change my reaction and actions?  Would I hesitate to call the police because my friend/co-worker/acquaintance is the one doing an unspeakable act on a child?  Seeing anyone I know in any capacity raping a child would change my feelings for them forever.  I believe I would still make every attempt to call police.

I see myself as a good person, but if I allow someone to get away with something as heinous as raping a child without notifying authorities, I'm as evil as they are.

 

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  • I guess you are now on my Dennis Byrne list of people whose bookmarks are to remove. If people can't see hypocrisy, good day to you.

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    In Texas that would be a justified shooting by someone who had a CHL.

  • If I were to see such I would do my best to kill the adult man same way I would swat a wasp. With about the same remorse, ie none.

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    Good question, ask US Bishops.

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    he deserves to die

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    I was talking to one of my best friends about this, and told him that if I caught him raping a child in a shower, despite our great friendship, he was going to "slip on the soap"; and told him I would expect the same treatment. Even deep friendships can be broken instantly by such a heinous act.

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