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Four Rapes Five Victims February 21, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in education, news, politics, social issues.
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Four six year old boys were raped in Allentown Pennsylvania. They were raped by another 12 year old boy while in school. More unconscionable was the collusion of school administrators. School officials knew the 12 year old known as F.H. had sexually assaulted the four boys, but refused to inform the police. One of the victims’ father reported the assaults after learning about it from his son. The parents of the four boys are suing the school district for negligence. Even if they win, this type of tragedy is not likely to end.

A child victimizer is a symptom of a more serious societal problem. According to Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, 1.8 million of the 22.3 million adolescents in the United States have been sexually assaulted. Juveniles are responsible for 40% of the sexual assault victims under six years of age. In Pennsylvania alone, there were 1,895 male victims of rape, and 39% of them were under the age of ten. In one year over 4,000 incidents of rape or other types of sexual assault occurred in public schools across the country. Using data from the National Incident-Based Reporting Program, I found 27% of reported sexual assaults against children under 12 years of age were by children 12 years old or under. Fifteen percent of all sexual assault were acts of sodomy, and about 67% of those were incidents of male sodomy. These are only figures of reported incidents; some studies indicate only 20% to 30% of all sexual assaults are reported to police.

The problem of sexual violence is perpetuated by the sex industry. Beyond the $10 billion pornography industry, advertisers make billions by employing Pavlovian conditioning on viewers to create sexually tied desires for products and lifestyles. The goal is to create loyal customers by turning them on to branded products. The film industry does the same. Less obvious is the indoctrination of children through education to secular ideology, which includes values of sexual freedom. Those values such as any kind of consensual sex, abortion, and divorce are all contrary to historical moral values once prevalent in America.

Is prevention of sexual assault possible? I can think of two possible ways: a societal return to traditional moral values and understanding why sexual assaults occurs. Out of many case studies, a profile has developed by which to identify potential offenders like F.H. In a study entitled A Comparative Study of Juvenile Sex Offenders and Non-Sex Offenders, the following was discovered:

”Sex offenders were significantly more likely than the non-sex offenders to have been victims of sexual abuse. They were also more likely to be assessed as having a major mental health dysfunction, to need health or dental hygiene education, to have no age appropriate peer relationships, and to have problems with sexual identity.”

Another study by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence revealed that the sexual content of early childhood memories and exposure to pornographic material were higher for sexual offenders compared to violent nonsexual offenders. Offenders also tended to come from homes with more crises like divorce or extended unemployment than others. They were more likely to be estranged from family and less attached to school. They often associate with peers supportive of their sexual aggression.

Common to all studies on adult and juvenile sex offenders is the prevalence of male offenders (over 90%) and prior experience of victimization. According to one news report, F.H. had a history of behavior and psychological problems. Considering the above studies, F.H. probably had experienced the trauma of earlier victimization. He may have come from a dysfunction home. He was probably alienated from family, schools and peers. His few friends most likely reinforced his behavior. We know for certain government authorities did via local school administrators.

One problem with preventing more sexual assaults is the promiscuous views of modern secularism. The non-action of Allentown school officials suggests as much. According to Marc Stern, Allentown School District supports the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLESN) programs such as the Day of Silence. On this day, students maintain complete silence as symbolic protest against silence imposed on gay students by their harassing peers. GLESN also has other education programs: one is called Safe Space and another is the No Name Calling curriculum. One of their videos entitled “That’s a Family” teach young children homosexuality is good and same-sex families is normal. Other than that erroneous message, the curriculum of GLESN seems helpful. In Massachusetts, however, members of Parents Rights Coalition taped one of their programs. They discovered the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Youth was actually an illicit sex education program with demonstration tables for middle school students. What made it so scandalous was the deception by which state education officials developed and promoted the event to indoctrinate unsuspecting children. Contrary to public denial, this is real agenda behind the façade of GLESN’s programs, according to the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFAP). More alarming is the wide support of GLENS programs, including the NEA, American School Counselors Association, and National Association of Elementary School Principals. Add to this, the rise of sex tourism in Pennsylvania, hate crime laws supporting the gay agenda in opposition to free speech, local ordinance protecting sexual orientations, and the expectation for future prevention fades away in an environment of anti-constitutional humanism.

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