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Can We Protect Our Children at Halloween?

I sugggest parents allow their children to trick-or-treat only where they know the people.

Pedophilia is defined as a sexual desire in an adult for a child. The law in Georgia requires names of pedophiles be listed on a sexual registry. This is a subject deserving more attention than it receives in the media. Usually the first we hear about a pedophile is when the crime of assault or murder has been committed upon a child. With Halloween coming up later this month, it is not too early for parents to begin thinking about how they plan to keep their little innocent children safe from the lustful leering of a perverted predator who wants nothing more than to inflict harm on them. 

As a parent and grandparent, I admit this is a difficult subject to even think about. I have never been able to wrap my mind around the thought that must trigger the actions of the lowlife bullies who want nothing more than to get their sexual jollies by causing lifelong harm to an innocent child. The anger coming up and out from inside of me when I hear of such heinous crimes is second to no other situation.

I advocate for immediate sterilization of any person convicted of such a crime. There are not enough years left in an adult life to ever repay the loss of innocence being stolen from the victims of sexual abuse. The scars of abuse of a child never heal. The victim of child abuse can attempt to go on with life but the emotional scars never go away, we are told.  It seems each year we hear of more evidence that perverted pedophiles lie in wait for the night of Halloween to draw children into their web of deceit and perversion. What can be done to protect the children?

I would suggest parents allow their children to trick-or-treat only where they know the people. I also believe that pedophiles with names on the sexual registry be required to post a notice on their residence saying “no candy is given out from this house.” I know, of course, it is possible for a perverted person to go to another home where the people are unsuspecting and then make the first contact with the child.  

We have lost something in our culture when we can no longer expect that our children will be protected from those who prey on them. It is hard to explain to a little child the danger that could possibly be hiding behind a neighbor’s door. Whatever it takes, the protection of our children should be foremost in our minds. Staying together with groups of other children, and only going to family or friends homes on the festive night of Halloween could be one way to begin to slow down the threat of some harm being inflicted upon innocent children.

From where I stand, we need to make it a priority that children will have good memories of Halloween by not looking back on it as the worst night of their life.

Follow Ray Newman on Twitter @RayNewmanSr

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Dave Ballard October 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
We had three basic rules at Halloween when it came to Trick-or-Treating: 1) Kids stay together and keep a parent in sight at all times, and that parent made sure they could see into the doorway being knocked on. Yup. It DOES mean (at least) one parent has to sacrifice an evening T-o-T-ing with your kids, instead of letting them wander the neighborhood unsupervised. It's good bonding, good exercise, and good safety, so get over it. Plus, it gives the attending parent(s) an excuse to dress up, too. 2) Kids don't go into ANYONE's house (or around the back, or whatever) unless Mom/Dad OK it and are physically with you the entire time. If M/D get nervous, M/D can pull the plug instantly and no harm done. 3) You don't eat treats from people you don't know unless A) they're in the original, unopened manufacturers' wrapping, and B) not until Mom & Dad have inspected each piece for holes, rips, tears, etc. That means no candied apples or home-baked cookies from strangers, ever. It also means no "eating while 'treating." These rules I got from my own parents when I was little, and they've worked well for over half a century of T-o-T-ing, so far.
Shana Rowan October 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Anyone who believes the term "pedophile" and "sex offender" are interchangeable is the last person who should be suggesting ways to protect children from harm. People who molest children gain access to them by starting relationships with them and being in positions of authority - parents, grandparents, coaches, teachers, etc. Contrary to what the media reports, 96% of sex crimes are committed by those not on the registry, and by someone known to the child - NOT during a three-second candy exchange with a stranger. It is one thing to recognize the seriousness of the issue... it's quite another to be realize legislating with anger and vengeance doesn't prevent these crimes nor does it help victims heal. Until people like Mr. Newman put their emotions aside and accept the facts, no child will be any safer.

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