In the ‘olden days’ family members were forbidden to speak up when sexual atrocities were perpetrated upon them by uncle, daddy or grandpa “so and so”.
I believe this was an attempt to protect the family’s “good name”. Mothers and wives were forced to “look the other way” in fear of their lives as husbands threatened them! This mis-guided code of silence did nothing but create a fertile ground for more abuse as those who could have protected themselves from this fate were kept in the dark. Predators were allowed to roam their communities freely! Nowadays, children are armed with tools of discernment and encouraged to speak up even before they are accosted by predators, in some quarters. I would like to see this put in place …in all quarters!
The Long Island community owes a ton of gratitude to ABC Eyewitness News, The Archdiocese of Rockville Centre who “recently sent a letter warning principals of local schools”, and to anyone who feels inclined to share this “so, so sad” news on social media in an attempt to educate and inform parents, community members and our young people on the naivity and unfathomable exploitation of Long Island’s children.
This is one time that otherwise silent social media users should speak up to law enforcement, the adults who set up the site, as well as the boys and girls who have obviously run out of less self-destructive “games” to play.
My call to action is for all parents, school personel, community & faith-based organizations and business to work together at injecting a dose of high self-esteem into those we expect to replace us, properly armed with a legacy our grandchilden will be proud to identify with.