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Lay all blame on sex deviants

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I have read with some degree of consternation the article by guest columnist Glenn Tucker in Monday's Gleaner titled 'Child sex abuse - the real culprits' and was moved to respond for two reasons.

First, how can anyone view the reports of dalliances of pastors and policemen as entertainment? I am certainly not entertained by reports of such vulgar and disgraceful behaviour.

Second, pointing fingers and aiming blame can in no way quash the shame of blatant sexual abuse of our children. A perpetrator is simply that - a PERPETRATOR, despite what opportunity may present itself.

Each person in this society must be guided by conscience, principle and the social standards by which we live each day in making the decisions that dictate our behaviour.

It is true that some parents may sometimes be negligent or careless, and this may contribute towards opportunity for deviant behaviour, but the same perpetrators, be they pastors, teachers or policemen, are the ones who should have been providing guidance instead of adopting animalistic behaviour.

The real culprits have to be the perpetrators. The decision to commit these acts are theirs.