It used to be that some things were left private. Discussed between parents and children at appropriate times, children were allowed to be children for as long as possible.
Today, however, we have a culture that exposed to and trained in private things long before they have ever been taught before. I believe that sexual education and our sex saturated society go hand in hand to create monsters at younger ages.
The latest instance of this came in Phoenix, where a group of four boys, aged 9 to 14, took turns raping an 8-year old girl behind a shed for more than 10 minutes.
Now, ultimately the boys bear the blame for what happened. They performed the acts, and they are responsible for what they’ve done. But I can’t help but draw the conclusion that our society, culture and education system have created this problem.
How do children age 9 to 14 come to think of luring a girl in to physically abuse her in that way? Yes, every generation has had bullies, and every generation has beat people up. But it’s something new, and unique to our generation, to have children having so little regard for women/girls, and to plan to take advantage of a girl this young sexually.
Kids have to know about these things. Whether it’s from their parents, from television, from school—you don’t just guess these things. I would pin most of the blame on the 14-year-old, as I doubt the younger boys knew what they were doing, but I could be wrong about that as well.
What even is more striking is that, even in this article, the ads that are presented on the side of this site are:
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At what point do we say “enough” and decide that there are some things that are better for kids not to know?