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Abuse In Our Community - The Trilogy

When we, through our educational culture, through the media, through the entertainment culture, give our children the impression that human beings cannot control their passions, we are telling them, in effect, that human beings cannot be trusted with freedom.

Alan Keyes

I would like to talk about another type of abuse.

Imagine the scene: A mother and father invite a female "professional" and her "friend" to their house one afternoon. They are welcomed in and shown the kids bedroom. Then the parents bring in their children aged 4, 7, 11 and 14. The parents leave the room and the couple begins to act intimately. The children observe this for 45 minutes until the couple finishes. They visit 3 times a week.

Everybody would admit that these parents are unfit to raise children and that these children will grow up, as they say in the vernacular "messed up in the head".

Sweetest friends - What is television? What is the internet? Much worse!! Not just 3 times a week but constantly. And not only acts of sexual immorality - but violence and many other harmful lessons are taught on TV and the internet. I still haven't met ONE PERSON who grew up with a TV whose parents where able to monitor what he watched. When a child has internet in his room - OY VEY. Many people get addicted to pornographic sites, gambling sites etc. etc. and it destroys their lives.

It is abusive, in my humble opinion to allow a child unlimited access to different forms of media. So instead of JUST focusing on the disgusting, villainous sexual molesters in our midst, let us also control what we and our children see.

I must make one last comment. I don't know any parent who intentionally hurts his child. They are just doing what everyone else does. But my hope and prayer is that somehow we can inspire some people to make changes "li'tov lanu kol hayomim".

A related topic which is an EXTREMELY serious problem which is swept under the carpet. Vhamayvin yavin.

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  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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