Sunday, July 31, 2005

What's Wrong With Us?

This story really got to me.

A mother is upset after a 14-year-old babysitter engaged in sexual conduct with her eight-year-old boy, and the eight-year-old was charged with lewd conduct.

Prosecutors have since dropped the charges against the boy, but his mother is still concerned.

Thank goodness the charges were dropped, I mean, abuse is one thing, but we wouldn't want to stain this kids record or anything like that.

Prosecutors say that, while the babysitter initiated the contact, the young boy was a willing participant.

There are two issues at play here. First, the sexual conduct itself. Fourteen-year-olds should not be engaging in any kind of sexual conduct, least of all with eight-year-olds. Here I could make a call to a return to better days of yore. I realize of course that the good 'ol days weren't all good. Still, I wager this kind of thing happened less frequently. At least in this particular aspect, things have gotten worse. It's sickening quite frankly.

The other issue is the prosecution treating this boy as if he were an adult. In one sense, it is a bit tricky since there is no adult involved, but clearly an eight-year-old is not capable of making the same sort of decisions an adult is.

The lines have blurred between childhood and adultdom. This is not a good thing. Kids are kids, and should deal with things of a like nature. Our eight-year-olds do not need to deal with sexual matters. Part of this is my pining for a childhood of my own that sits better in my memory than it actually was, but the point is still valid.

We have more knowledge about sex at an earlier time in life than our ancestors ever did. Usually, knowledge is a good thing, but everything has a time and a place. As more knowlege gets into younger and younger minds, we will begin to see more of the above consequences.

No, this is not reflective of where we as a society are now. It is a sign of the darker days ahead. I hope I'm wrong, but if trends continue, these kind of stories are going to become commoner and commoner until they warrant only a shrug, and then fade from the news altogether.

Let's reverse course, shall we?


Erin said...

I always thought that a child under the age of consent (generally 16) was not legally able to 'consent' but this boy was a "willing participant?!" How does that happen?

- and in a case like this, it should have been the 14 yr old (the initiator, and the older of the two) that was charged, not the 8 yr old!

It gets worse and worse each day doesn't it?!

A Wiser Man Than I said...

Indeed it does. The fourteen-year-old was charged, but it seems to me that's a small victory--if one wishes to call it that.

Search me on how this happens? We've gone mad.

Loyal Achates said...

Stop pretending like these kinds of problems are new.

A Wiser Man Than I said...

I thought I covered that. I said that we can't just harken back to the good 'ol days, but did this happen years ago? I'm being completely serious here.

If it did, then nothing has changed, although it's still a problem.

If it did not, then we have another sign of moral decadence in the modern age.

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