COMMENTARY | This week we have had two disturbing stories regarding sexual abuse of minors, and both share one very disturbing result: Those who should have been responsible adults, weren't. Are these further examples of a change in moral responsibility?
First, a Massachusetts woman, Ann Lussier, 42, was arrested for forcing her daughter, a minor, to pose nude in front of a webcam, in the hope that the mother would win $20,000, according to Good Morning America. The woman was arrested on child abuse charges, and the alleged photographer, Joshua Dunfee of Oxford Junction, Iowa, was also arrested on pornography charges.
Of course the mother is claiming it isn't her fault:
" 'There are sickos out there, and they let them go. But I get locked up. I'm a victim,' Lussier told the Attleboro Sun Chronicle in a brief interview after she was freed on bail under the condition she stay away from her children," according to GMA.
Have we as a country fallen so far as to actually think that having your 10-year-old daughter pose nude for someone you don't know in the hope of winning $20,000 is OK? Lussier calls Dunfee a "sicko," but thinks it is all right for her to participate?
Then we have the case of former Penn State defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with child abuse after allegedly molesting eight boys over 15 years. What is most disturbing is people knew and did nothing other than what they had to do by law.
First there is this from Joe Paterno, now former head coach:
According to the AP: "Paterno is not a target of the criminal investigation, having fulfilled his legal requirement by reporting what McQueary told him to Curley and Schultz. But the state police commissioner called Paterno's failure to contact police or follow up on the incident a lapse in 'moral responsibility.' "
Worse is the fact that assistant coach, Mike McQueary, who actually witnessed the rape of a boy of about 10 and did nothing other than report it to Paterno, he didn't call the police, he didn't stop it, he only did what he was required to do by law.
Have we as a society become so insensitive, so cold, so self-serving that we no longer care about what is morally right? Has doing only what is minimally required to cover ourselves enough? Do we really think it is OK to have our children pose nude and believe there is nothing wrong with us as adults to do this, but instead it is the other person who is the "sicko"? What has happened to our moral compass?
We have done all we can to remove God and religious teaching from our schools as well as any public displays of the same, is this the result of that? Or, is it the result of our "me" mentality where we only care about how something affects ourselves even when it is detrimental to others? Either way this is not the road we should be traveling. This is not moral responsibility.