I couldn’t disagree more and here’s why: What keeps me up at night isn’t that I might be a pedophile (or a purse snatcher, or a terrorist). I do get anxiety at the possibility that when it matters, I won’t rise to the occasion. The mere thought I might not take action in the face of a hazard or threat fills me with dread.
This manifests itself in little ways. When flying out of
The atmosphere sadly changes once we arrive in the
I stopped and looked around at the men seated nearby with open distain. In retrospect I wish I had addressed them with: “Gentlemen, do you find it acceptable to sit around when this woman obviously needs help?” Fortunately for me, this is the extent of my missed opportunities, unlike McQueary.
Of course, rendering aid to traveling mothers and choke slamming pedophiles caught in the act are two wildly different scenarios. The main point remains the same though. When presented with an opportunity to take action, it should be seized. Perhaps it is tied up in my identity as an American warrior but I consider it my duty to do so.
In the company office we have been discussing how much dental reconstruction
This also reminds me of the e-mail I wrote to Dr. Alan Berkowitz a while back and his response. I reprinted his recommendations to the USMC Senior SNCO Sexual Assault Prevention Conference. In particular I am reminded of recommendation number 4:
Hold bystanders accountable. In every incident there are bystanders. Are they held accountable for their non-action? Create a climate in which bystanders are expected to intervene in some way and support and appreciate bystanders who act.
There you have it. For my money, McQueary didn’t do enough to actively intervene on the victims behalf. He isn’t the perpetrator but intervention could have ended this alleged predatory conduct years ago and prevented subsequent molestation of other kids. I have no sympathy of Mr. McQueary or anyone else who felt they did the minimum required. They should be made examples of even more than
I don’t think being a good citizen requires you to strap on a weapon and patrol your neighborhood. It does require a certain morality and a duty to take action when possible. The quote below has been reprinted often enough to be nearly cliche, but I think it bears repeating in this case.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
Evil triumphed that day back in 2002. Evil got its rocks off at the expense of a ten year old boy. Mr. McQueary, had he an ounce of valor, could have stopped evil in its tracks by physically intervening and failed to do so. Those are the sad facts.
Evil: 1 / Good Guys: 0
You may not like the score. Changing it requires more than standing around with your hands in your pockets when the monsters come out. I pray when my opportunity comes I don’t let the good guys down.