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Thread #164703   Message #3966040
Posted By: Iains
13-Dec-18 - 05:09 AM
Thread Name: BS: Clerical abuse of kids: More Revelations
Subject: RE: BS: Clerical abuse of kids: More Revelations
There seems to be undercurrent in this thread of hammering the Catholic Church. It is open as to whether this is deserved or not.
Catholicism cannot claim the monopoly of clerical abuse claims.
It might be better to consider the problem in a wider context. In some countries today it is necessary to be vetted, before being allowed near children. It does not prevent abuse but it must certainly reduce it.
There is no excuse for abuse - even historical abuse where social mores may have been slightly more relaxed.
But I hear no protest about the 350,000 under age British soldiers that
served in WW1 and surely the resulting deaths and severe injuries suffered by them were a far greater abuse. Yet this historical fact is never discussed in terms of abuse, despite the fact that the government of the day relied on their numbers to delay the introduction of conscription.
Much of the abuse discussed is historical yet no mention is made of ongoing abuse today
Grooming by Asian gangs is a fact,trying to conceal by addressingit as racist abuse is a mockery of justice.
Bacha bazi, meaning 'boy play', is a tradition found across Afghanistan, where boys are trained to dance and forced to share sexual "favours".
Child soldiers in Africa are suffering abuse.
UN peacekeepers are betraying their uniforms and raison d'Ítre by constantly hitting the headlines for child sexual abuse during their various missions.
It is admirable to highlight historical abuse,but should not the emphasis be on the here and now in order to prevent further cases of abuse?