In a recent post, we took a realistic look at the fact that our sons are sexually objectified and exploited, just as our daughters are. The details surrounding the Sandusky case speak even louder to this issue. But what a difficult subject to talk about! It seems that most discussions regarding the events that took place at Penn State involve high emotions and much anger.
My observation has been that most people are willing to talk about it when they can verbally annihilate the perpetrators. Why didn’t those who witnessed such horrendous acts talk about it? Why did they hesitate to report these incidences when they witnessed or even suspected what was taking place? Why weren’t those involved more adamant in stopping the crime taking place in their midst? The answers to questions such as these take much speculation and judgment, and sadly at this time, will not help those who have been so horribly victimized in this unfortunate situation.
I propose that collectively, this very day, we make a commitment to begin the kind of conversation that will deter the future sexual abuse of our sons and daughters. Pornography is responsible for contributing to an increased demand for children to be sexually abused and trafficked into the sex trade. Therefore, let’s begin to talk about the objectification of women and children through pornography, and the fact that it is dehumanizing and lethal to individuals, marriages, and families. Let’s reject its increasing acceptance into mainstream culture through media, TV, magazine ads, posters, and music videos. Let’s lead and mentor our families and communities to offer a blessing instead, and respond proactively to the pornification of our culture.
What can you do today for those whose lives have been forever changed because of abuse such as that perpetrated by people like Sandusky? You can begin a conversation with three simple words ‘She’s Somebody’s Daughter’ - ‘He’s Somebody’s Son’! Then expand the discussion which has the power to transform hearts throughout our culture for generations to come!