Looking But Not Touching

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

You’re browsing in a local store, maybe Target or Walmart, or even a toy store, and you are in the toy isle looking around with your 7 year old son/nephew/grandchild/etc. You see several children in the isle with you along with a couple of other adults. You are keeping a close eye on your child even though you are just a few feet away from each other.

You soon notice one of the men in the isle walking by the children and as he approaches your child, he looks down and, quite obviously, checks out his butt, gets a smile on his face, says under his breath, “Yum”, and rubs his crotch as he turns the corner.

OK, I made it a little too obvious, but I wanted to make sure that it was obvious so that no one could comment that the behavior could be mistaken for something innocent.

What do you do?

I’ll rephrase that considering our viewing audience out there: What do you do if you are NOT a pedophile?

~ Do you grab your child and run?

~ Do you go to the store manager and point the guy out and tell him to call the police?

~ Do you confront the guy right then and there?

~ Do you follow the guy and get his license plate and see where he goes next?

All of us NON- pedophiles would have at least one of the reactions noted above. Pedophiles seem to think that as long as they ‘look but don’t touch’ they aren’t doing anything wrong. This is a perfect scenario to point out how wrong that thinking really is.

Even if no one had seen the guy “checking the child out”, it’s still wrong.

Pedophiles don’t agree with this and that is why we have to be observant and careful.
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