Cries of children gone too soon

Jacob Monroe, Akiel Chambers, Hope Arismandez, Sean Luke, Daniel Guerra, Amy Annamunthodo…the list is painfully endless…..all gone too soon. Politicians’ visits and dandified speeches cannot return to the grieving mother’s womb the innocence of the child now lost. In total violation of all morality and conscience, the lives of these children are taken viciously, callously, as the nation reels in mourning and confusion. How do we as a society solve this epidemic? Who has the answers and how many more will die before solutions are on our doorsteps?
Every time a story is published involving a child being killed or molested, it literally rips through the very fabric of a society which is supposed to protect everyone in general and its most vulnerable in particular. It is impossible to tell with certainty who is “safe” and who is vile and so chances are taken every day.
Gone are the days when a mother could stay at home and keep a watchful eye on her children. Financial realities have pushed many women out of the home and into the workplace.
This development has put countless children at the mercy of monsters—men and women with minds the likes of which we do not want to imagine.
Just read the results: blunt force trauma for a one-year-old such as Jacob Monroe; sexually molested such as Sean Luke—with a cane stalk; injuries to almost every organ in the body as with Amy Annamunthodo; thrown into a river such as Daniel Guerra. It hits home hard and we need to do something now.
Our competitive society puts us in a race to provide needs and achieve goals which only money can provide. Children are left emotionally shortchanged due to the demands on our time as parents. They no longer have their mothers’ and fathers’ nurturing and protective eyes on them.
We need to look at our employment system, the hours of which conflict with the school schedule in many instances. When our children finish school at noon (pre-school), half past two (first and second year) and three o’clock (standards one to five), in whose safe-keeping are they placed?
This time gap is the perfect opportunity for predators to strike.
Now we are reduced to a no-man-can-be-trusted state and “man” here goes for any gender.
In all the cases I have mentioned the assailants were known to the children and the “a male relative” phrase has become resounding and sickening.
We talk about legislation but can legislation infiltrate the mind of a true predator so much so as to prevent him from carrying out his intended violation?
Can legislation change the nature of one who is intent on finding an opportune moment to pounce and destroy innocence?
How exactly is legislation supposed to work to deter someone from committing such a horrendous act?
In other words, where exactly are we headed and if we are not sure, then we are just fooling ourselves and all we are left with are the last silent cries of a child gone too soon.
Lorren Medford-Pryce
via e-mail
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