I was debating to myself as to whether to start a GD thread about this, but fuck it - it’s Pit-worthy.
Last night, because I was waiting to hear about my huge lottery victory in The Big Game, I subjected myself to the local news. :eek: They had a “news you can use”-type report on how to prevent your child from being molested (I was told I needed to know this information. My imaginary children, I’m sure, will thank me.)
As part of the report, they interviewed an official of some sort with a group seeking the expansion of Megan’s Law - the sex offenders’ registration and lynching law (oops, wrong issue). As part of the advice provided by this “expert”, we were told that we must not allow our children to sleep over at friends’ houses. “You don’t have control. You don’t know who’s going to stop by the other parent’s house.” Etc., etc.
I completely agree. If you let your child out of your sight for ONE FUCKING SECOND, you are increasing your child’s risk of being assaulted. If you don’t keep control of your child’s every move and interaction, YOUR CHILD WILL DIE A HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE DEATH, and IT WILL ALL BE YOUR FAULT.
Admittedly, there are downsides to protecting your child from all risk. Your child may end up as humorless and as scared of other people as the “expert,” by hey, life’s a balancing act.
Thank god the local news interviewed this advocate, whose viewpoint has likely been deeply affected by some incident that harmed her or a member of her family. I was afraid they’d interview some pansy-ass “psychologist” or “law enforcement officer,” who’d tell us the usual bullshit that we should investigate adults who are going to be with our children, listen to our children, and not to discount rumors and behavioral changes. THAT’S NOT ENOUGH, DAMMIT!! OUR CHILDREN MUST BE ISOLATED!!