I read the news today, oh boy . . .

Sometimes, more likely, most times, I am my own worst enemy. I was reading more news about the fallout from Steubenville and CNN when I decided to click through on some links. The road I went down was not yellow-brick or rainbow-hued or lined with daisies. It was dark and dirty and left me feeling literally sick to my stomach.

This is what I have deduced from just a quick perusal:

  • Girls/women who are raped are fair game for name-callers, haters, and anyone else interested in further harming them emotionally thanks to easy access to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Children are not safe anywhere, not in school, not in church, not in their counselors’ offices, not even in the dental chair.
  • Our society has become emotionally numb to this news because it is so damned pervasive.
  • I also read a blurb about this phenomenon that occurs mostly with Japanese male youth in which they decided never to leave their bedrooms. I can truly appreciate this and wonder why it is not more widespread.
  • It’s kind of hard to decide which social travesty is breaking my heart more these days: the ways in which rape is treated so cavalierly, especially among our youth, or the prevalence of pervs in every single facet of our society.
  • In case you think that I’m overreacting, feast your eyes on the following:
    • In Ohio: Two teenage girls were arrested and accused of using social media to threaten the young victim in the Steubenville Rape Case.
    • In Indiana: A woman is charged with trying to sell her one-year-old daughter for child porn.
    • In Florida: A man has been charged with using his neighbor’s wi-fi to download child pornography.
    • In Pennsylvania: A man admits to paying a 10-year-old neighbor for sex.
    • In Iowa: A 48-year-old male daycare provider has been accused of sexually abusing a number of children from as young as four-years-old.
    • In California: A 14-year-old boy has been charged with molesting two children who attended the day school run by the boy’s mother.
    • In California: A dental hygienist has been accused of sexually molesting a teenaged girl; there may be more victims who have yet to be identified.
    • In New York: A rabbi has been found guilty on 59 counts of child sex abuse.
    • In California: A former teacher is facing allegations of molesting 12 children; principal had been warned about questionable behavior three years prior.
    • In Arkansas: A church volunteer who was a member of the youth ministry has been charged with possession of child pornography.

     

No more. I had to stop myself. This is precisely why I stopped watching the news on television and also why I limit how much and what I read on the interwebs. I’m not made of strong enough stuff for this.

More later.

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4 thoughts on “I read the news today, oh boy . . .

  1. That final image pretty much sums up my feelings my friend. Growing up watching all the abuse people heap upon one another, and upon women in particular, is probably the biggest reason why I suffer from depression today.

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