Sunday, September 7, 2008

It's for the children

One of the hardest types of cases to work is an analysis of child porn. Frequently, the perpetrators of this horrific crime claim that the police are somehow framing them or that they are otherwise innocent. When it comes to cases that remain within the family, they'll often claim that they "were put in the picture" by the police or by someone out to get them.

As easy as theses claims are to refute, the harm's already been done to some poor innocent child. It breaks my heart to see these cases, and not just because I am a father.

I came across a book from Stephanie L. Jones called The Enemy Between My Legs. In law enforcement, we see people with drug problems, we see prostitutes, we see violence, and so much destruction. We spend so much time addressing the problems ... and we leave the causes to someone else. Think it's not happening around you? Think again.

What if there is a connection? If there is, what can we do about it? What if we could wipe it out in a generation or two just by making subtle changes in our own behaviour? We certainly can't change the past. But, we can make plans for a brighter future.

I, for one, would love to not have to work cases of child abuse. Together, we can make it happen.

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