Dec 5, 2008

What about the molesters in government schools?

Did you see the following letter in today's (Friday) L.A. Times?

"Re 'Etching abuse in church’s memory,' Column One, Dec. 1

"Monuments are being built 'to provide solace' to victims of abuse by clergy of the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the author of a 2004 report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education has reportedly stated that "the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests."

"If she is proved correct, will the L.A. Unified School District put up a monument at the Belmont Learning Center for its victims of abuse by teachers? Or does our media and culture only care about abuse by Catholic priests? Do we really care about sexual abuse at all, or just the vocation of the abuser?

"Dave Pierre,
Downey"

Now, obviously, Mr. Pierre is not in the slightest excusing clergy sex abuse (and neither am I, obviously -- just the opposite, of course). Mr. Pierre is simply pointing out that if the news media truly wanted to protect all children, they would need to expend as much effort on spotlighting government school molesters as they have on spotlighting molesters in the clergy.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a monument outside each and every home for the victims of abuse? Because the VAST majority of sexual abuse of children occurs right in their very own home.

Sick, I know.

I think a "monument" to abuse victims is a little strange. I'd much rather see the money put towards programs to help children who are still suffering from abuse.

But I suppose if it helps in the healing process for them, it can't be all bad. But I certainly wouldn't want a monument to the abuse I suffered at the hands of two different family members during childhood.

At any rate, abuse by clergy is, of course, far worse than abuse by uncles, cousins, teachers, next-door-neighbors, or anyone else.
I once had a priest tell me, "I shudder to think of the judgment that awaits abusive priests, not just for the injury to the children, but for the everlasting injury to the Church, the Body of Christ."
I concur.

-Cathy

9:04 AM  
Anonymous DAve said...

No, in LAUSD teachers, counselors and support staff are permitted to openly advertise their homosexuality to children and other students and God help anyone who objects.
Administrators are terrified of GLADD and as a result the worst of the worst teachers are allowed to continue to draw their paychecks.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Cathy,

I'm so sorry to hear that you suffered abuse as a child.

I hope you have found help and healing.

May Jesus and Our Blessed Mother be with you every day to bring you Divine Love and graces, joys and blessings.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Dave,

Thank you for the perspective on the LAUSD.

9:55 PM  

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