Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Abuse is a social, not just a legal problem

If there is one thing that the sexual abuse scandals of recent years have taught us it is that no sector of society is immune to these crimes. Catholic clergy, teachers, sports coaches, celebrities, judges, politicians, policemen, soldiers and social workers have all been unmasked in a continuing parade of hypocrisy and official complicity.

Columnists have barely finished berating the authorities of Rotherham in England -- who, for more than a decade, did nothing to stop Asian gangs raping and trafficking young white girls -- when they face a new expose. It is nowhere near the gravity of Rotherham but it adds to the evidence that the problem of sexual abuse runs right through Western society and present a cultural, not merely legal and bureaucratic problem.  (more...)

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