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Community must protect the young from predators

The arrest of yet another local for alleged sex crimes involving juveniles — bringing the tally for August to three — shows even the safest small towns are unable to shake this particular brand of villainy.
It’s outrageous. Sex crimes against children are gut-wrenching, sickening examples of the depth of depravity to which aberrant humans can descend. Children need the protection of the adults in our community, not the uncertainty that faces them as we wonder whether we are safe to send Johnny to the corner market for a Coke.
The example of Jaycee Dugard, kept prisoner in the back yard of a convicted California sex offender’s home for the last 18 years, is one we won’t soon forget, either. It will fade from newspapers and from the airwaves, but it will be easily remembered for years to come.
The lesson it teaches is one that resurfaces in every report of these kinds of crimes. It can be anyone in our community who hides the disgusting need to exercise sexual power and control over children, and we cannot afford to forget that as we become ever more connected as a society and our children gain more independence.
Some states have taken extreme proposals to the tables of their Legislatures, toying with the idea of allowing capital punishment in the case of sex crimes against children. The outrage is easily felt as more and more reports of crimes against children come to light and government at every level tries to wrap its head around the problem and find some solution.
Our community members need to understand there is only so much protection they can provide, though. Children have to be allowed to grow up, which requires giving them space to make their own mistakes and experience the pitfalls of life as they move into adulthood. Still, we have to be sure to push our children to understand the need to be safe, protecting themselves from strangers and temptations that could end disastrously for them and their loved ones.

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