Allow me to provide an apparently much needed public service announcement:
If you see a child being sexually abused, say something…
One would think such…guidance, is unnecessary, that the existence of an individual and collective responsibility to protect, and defend helpless children, is known not just to the morally superior among us, but to anyone and everyone north of complete moral bankruptcy.
Yes...one would think this goes without saying.
This is not an issue which lends itself to debate; it’s devoid of a “gray area”; this is not a question of inkblot morality; this is an example of a collective, inflexible, invariable, moral, and absolute certitude.
Sexually abusing a child is wrong, and there has never once been an instance where it has not been. Furthermore, adults who are complicit in, or serve as an enabler to, the sexual abuse of a child, forfeit their right to excuses, to “explanations“; the blood on their hands cannot be washed away by apologies or regrets.
Again, one would think this goes without saying.
The who, (in terms of the abuser) the where, the why, these things should never deter one from acting , nor should they be the grounds for inexcusable silence.
The who, be it a sports coach, or a priest, or a “loved” one; the where, be it a locker room or a bedroom; the why, which never could have an acceptable answer-all of these variables are never as important as, nor ever could dilute, the what: a helpless and defenseless child is being sexually abused.
Don’t assume someone else will do something.
Don’t pray for God to do something.
Don’t wait for the abuser to “get help”.
You do something. You help.
One would think this goes without saying....but then again
Silence breeds victims.
Be Good Friends,