Sunday, March 15, 2015
Child sex exploitation: We're to blame too
When the news broke about the sexual exploitation of young girls, vast numbers of them, by Asian gangs in Rochdale, in Rotherham, in Oxfordshire, it was a matter of finding someone to blame. It was the Muslim culture. It was the police, who hadn't done their job. It was social services, who didn't care.
There was criminal activity. Of that there is no doubt. The police had failed to take action, as a result of decisions by senior police officers. Social workers had chosen to ignore the situation, for whatever reason. But it's now admitted that society was to blame too in making it possible. Society. That's you and me.
We said yes to easy divorce. We pretended cohabitation was as good as marriage, when all the evidence was to the contrary.
There was never enough sex education. We insisted - and still insist - on explicit sex education to younger and younger children. We failed to prevent access to pornography. We provided free contraception and the morning-after pill for children long before they were old enough to consent to sex. When children became pregnant, we provided free abortion, and counsellors to see them through the abortion process so their parents wouldn't have to know.
We are reaping what we have sown. We have scorned Christian principles and gone for the opinions of secular humanists who pretend to be experts.
It's too late to undo the damage that has been done. But it's not too late to start again - with principles that work.