The Obligation

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The shocking death of 6-year-old Christopher Barrios was covered here. The horrific nature of his untimely death has sent many of us into pensive contemplation. Utter devastation is the only way to describe it. We have shed many tears for Christopher and his family. I have shared these emotions with many of you and know the mutual rage we feel against these paedophiles who commit atrocities against our children on a daily basis.

No child should have to suffer or die at the hands of a paedophile the way Christopher did. Christopher's death should serve as the impetus for us to take note of a very important fact:

His death was avoidable.

The Edenfields should never have been close enough to Christopher to make their evil move. Indeed, this article will astound you when you realize just how many people knew how dangerous the Edenfields were…..and yet inexplicably did nothing about it.

Neighbours, landlords, district attorneys and judges just to name a few.

The paedophiles themselves tell us that they specifically target and prey upon disadvantaged families. Bill Evans explains:
How many times have you seen posters here talk about having y/fs from happy, loving homes? Those boys don't need to turn to someone outside the family for support. I have had a couple of y/fs from those sort of homes, but we never had the kind of close friendship I usually develop with kids from dysfunctional familes.
The kids from good homes are just along for the fun, but kids from dysfunctional homes, or no home, want a whole lot more...
Or as Descartes put it:
BLs who have no criminal record can work with boys, but probably not the boys that they would dream of working with. The BLs who have boy-filled lives aren't taking a bunch of adorable boys on fun camping trips in the woods.
They are working with boys who are extremely poor, who have serious physical and/or emotional problems and who are far from being the object of most BLs' fantasies.
Thunderchild details the many places he meets, bike riding events, model railway, boat and aircraft events, and even children of his customers.
I've been working with boys since not long after I got out of prison. I've had some failures, but I've had many more successes.
There's no gaurded secret to spending time with boys.
I've been convicted more than once for BL stuff and even today I spent some time with a boy under the AOC
Meeting boys is easy.

But even more importantly, they rely on our complacency

We must end this complacency

Most of us look at our own children and know that we would do anything to protect them. But what about the disadvantaged little boy down the street? Or the poor little girl on the other side of town? For that matter what about the children half a world away who live as sex slaves to these paedophiles?

Perhaps your proactive attitude to this problem will save your own child. Perhaps you'll never even know you saved someone. The face you'll never see; the name you'll never know. You're not going to get a thank you….in fact the greatest reward we can possibly ask for is the happy, healthy child unaware and safe from the dangers lurking.

The following is taken from the Preamble to the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child:

Whereas mankind owes
to the child the best it has to give

Mankind. It does not say relatives or political parties or even religious affiliations. Neither does it say out of the kindness of our hearts.

Mankind owes to the child.

We cannot stop these predators from existing. But we can do everything in our power to stop them from accessing our children or the children across town or the ones on the other side of the world. We need to be vigilant and start delivering to every child what we are obliged to provide for them – a safe place to get off the school bus and play on the swings.

I urge you to join me in making a deep, personal commitment to the protection of all children in our communities….to each day steel your resolve to make your community safe….to not look away

We owe them that much.
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