The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Police seek child molester

Our children should be safe regardless of where they are. Sadly, we all know too well that that isn't always the case. Still, we can't help but believe that there are some places that should be safer for our children than other places. Schools, friends homes, our own homes, and churches seem to top most peoples lists. The truth though seems to be that our children are as much as risk in these places than they are at any other place.

Point in case: On Sunday, in Lake Zurich (Chicago) a young boy at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church was in the restroom when a man 'inappropriately touched'. At the time, the boys mother was standing just out side the bathroom waiting for him, and was able to provide police with a description of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a 200-pound, 40- to 50-year-old male with a stocky build, gray hair that's possibly balding, and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue and white flannel shirt, light blue jeans and dark shoes.

The article allows comments, and glancing at them, there seems to be a mixed reaction to this- and in general all Catholic Church/ child molestation cases.
Commenter VitoCorleone offers suggestions for ending the ongoing problem of molesters victimizing our children:
I am outraged at the number of these child molesters involved in the Catholic church. The whole child molestation situation is out of control, everywhere, but this is insane when something like this happens at a public event where the mother is right outside the bathroom door. It's getting to the point where maybe the death penalty should be imposed for this....first time offenders will never do it again.

And another commenter, consultant1, does their best to point out that at least some people are pointing the finger at people not normally associated with the church, rather than the possibility that someone from within the church was the perp:
The posts here are a bit out of line. I am a parishioner at St. Francis, and our priest was so concerned about this incident that all school parents were called and informed. This dinner is a weekly charity dinner provided to the poor and homeless by the members of the church. The offender was not a member of the church, but rather one of the less fortunate who came in for a meal.

One would think, or at least hope that if this was indeed someone involved directly with the church that the mother would recognize them, at least enough to be aware of whether she'd seen them before. And, it's most certain that if it was a priest, or other employee that the mother would know them by position in the church- if not by name. Personally, I'd lean towards an outsider- if indeed this was during a time that non members would normally be in the church, such as the dinner mentioned.

Still, regardless of the actual connection between the suspect and the church- there is one certainty- that we must always be alert, always be in 'protect' mode, because there really are no 100% safe zones for our children anymore.