By Diane Robertson
Between the breakdown of the family and wide-spread pornography usage, child sexual abuse seems to be on the rise with no end in sight. Even very careful and watchful people can be tainted by this scourge that is sweeping the earth.
Recently, I learned that the doctor who delivered two of my babies is being charged with sexually abusing two minor girls, as well as downloading child pornography onto the hospital website.
In the United Kingdom, the pedophilia problem is so bad that the police announced, this year, they would no longer be charging pedophiles whose only crime is child pornography. Those criminals would instead be sent to rehabilitation to free up the police and courts for adults who are either raping and molesting minors or seeking to do so. In just a mere three years, child abuse reports have skyrocketed in volume by 80 percent in the UK.
In fact, just last week, seventeen men and one woman were arrested in a huge pedophilia operation in which at least 600 girls have been abused in the UK. The case was similar to another pedophile ring broken up in 2014 where more than 1,400 girls were victimized over several years.
In 2014, Operation Underground Railroad rescued 54 children, ranging in age from 11 to 18, from a Columbian child sex ring.
2013 saw a world-wide pedophile ring, run from Ontario, Canada broken up. Police rescued nearly 400 children and arrested 348 adults. The frightening thing, Inspector Beaven-Desjardins said, was that many of the arrests were of people who worked or closely interacted with children. Among those arrested were 40 school teachers, nine doctors and nurses, six law enforcement personnel, nine pastors and priests, and three foster parents. One of the most egregious examples in this case, reported inspector Beaven-Desjardins, was that police found over 350,000 images and over 9,000 videos of child sexual abuse in the home of a retired Canadian schoolteacher. Some of them were of children the teacher knew personally.
Pedophilia-related crimes are becoming devastatingly more common, and now is not the time to turn a blind eye. An 80% increase in only the reported cases in the UK is really alarming. Indeed, this is scourge. More than ever, parents need to be cautious and vigilant in protecting their children from sexual abuse from even those who seem good or trustworthy, like a school teacher or a well-liked obstetrician.