Education: It'll Never Go Out of Fashion, But Neither Will Ignorance
How can children be expected to learn healthy sexual behaviors if the parents aren't aware of them? How can children learn healthy sexual attitudes if the church doesn't walk it's talk? How can we break the cycle of sexual violence until such time as we put our citizen's rights above our own desires?
We have started the ball rolling to put a regional education effort together for next year. We aren't the first, of course, and we won't be the last. But the collective society must supplement what kids and adults are getting in the way of sexual education besides schools and churches and parents who grew up in a toxic environment.
There are four tracks to our educational effort: legislative, corrections, treatment and reentry. It addresses the best practices that have given us success with those who've been convicted and punished for their sexual crimes.
Of course, it doesn't directly address the population that has yet to be implicated, except by good example. If those adjudicated can turn their bad behavior into ideal behavior, then the strategies that are employed for them can apply to those who have yet to be caught, or punished, or treated.
The current media flood of stories about sex abuse can trigger a public response that will help the next generation be freer from such violence. Or, we can continue to be numbed by the news and pretend - like our endless war on other nations - that it's just the way things are.
It's our choice, and to change direction, it will take concerted will power and determination. Just as it does to fight any disease.