1. Awareness problem.
We are bombarded with media coverage about sexual predators being arrested, but the reality is that most don’t get caught because they are disguised as nice men (or women) in positions of authority and trust. We are lulled into a false sense of security, thinking it won’t happen to us or we expect others, the law, churches, schools and NGO’s to protect our children. The onus in on the parent to train their child the same way they teach them about the dangers of electricity, crossing a street and the dangers of swimming. Yet we fail to teach them about the dangers of perverted men and women who may change the course of their life through sexual abuse and exploitation. There is not enough information around to teach parents how to teach their child without scaring them of all people. It is too confronting to deal with and we don’t want to alarm our children, so we do nothing because we don’t believe that the people we trust and allow access to our children will harm them.
2. Inertia problem (I’d know if my child were approached):
Katy Kangaroo, (Horton Hears a Who) declares “If you can’t see, hear or feel something, it doesn’t exist!”
“Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a straight line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.”- Newton’s First Law of Motion.
This is sometimes called the Law of Inertia, or just inertia. Essentially, it makes the following two points:
• An object that is not moving will not move until a force acts upon
it. (The force here is pornography, paedophilia and sex predators
that have invaded our lives as they perpetrators prey on our
• An object that is in motion will not change velocity (motion, speed,
time etc.) until a force acts upon it. Nothing is going to stop the
seduction of our children and the rate of speed our children are
being devoured through the internet, pornography, trafficking and
sexual exploitation at the rate it has accelerated to over the last five
The first point seems relatively obvious to most people, but the second may take some thinking through, because everyone knows that things don’t keep moving forever.
3. Inactivity Problem (teaching a child): When we choose to do nothing, we make a choice to allow that thing to continue until it becomes uncomfortable or others suffer because of our inactivity.
“All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in this world is for enough good people to do nothing.” Sir Edmund Burke