This post is one of several discussing this subject. You may also want to read Crimes against children . . .
There are volumes of laws and people and groups that exist for the purpose of helping children. They include laws that define what is a crime against a child, laws for protecting children, and laws establishing punishment for crimes done to children.
While looking into this subject, I wanted a definition of the “purpose of law,” and relate it to the special circumstances with children and evaluate whether the laws are doing what they are intended to do. Some of the summarized definitions of the purpose of the law are listed below:
- The laws defines what is “harm to others” and determines if harm has occurred. Harm may be in the form of violating a person’s life, liberty or property.
- Preventing an individual or group of people from seizing control without authority.
- The Law is a contract between people who are living within a society. All people in the society must live by the rules of the law. In return the individual benefits from the relationship with society.
- To ensure the laws created by the majority do not violate the rights of the individual, as guaranteed by the Constitution
- Punishments are defined by the law
The definitions are pretty broad, but should serve the purpose of this evaluation. First of all children are citizens in this country and are protected by the same Constitution that protects adults. Children should have protection of their life, freedom and property. In this evaluation the law is supposed to prevent any individual or group from taking control without authority over children. All citizens of society, whether they be adults or children, must live by the same rules of the law. If an individual conforms to the laws then he can have the benefits from that society. The laws are also there to ensure that the majority, such as adults, do not violate the rights of an individual, such as a children. The law also includes the punishments for individuals or groups of individuals conducting crimes against children.
As I said earlier, the United States have many laws in place for the purpose of protecting children’s lives, freedom and property. As it relates to the importance of law, Plato explained, “Mankind must either give themselves a law and regulate their lives by it or live no better than the wildest of the wild beasts.” The following are examples of the laws for one state and some federal laws that relate to crimes against children:
It is a long list. Look at it again. Look at it closely. It represents a very shameful facet of our society. Once I started looking at it, I was surprises how much of an effort is being made to protect the children in our society from those individuals who are deviant and the dredges of our society. I probably shouldn’t call it “protection,” because these laws are pretty much a reaction to events that have already occurred. There really needs to be a method of “preventing” these things from being done to our children and to our future.
I wonder, how has it came about that we have people in our society that sexually assault, traffic, abduct, molest, and sexually exploit the members of our society that represent innocence and purity… that have no real method of defending themselves in these circumstances . . . that do not have the knowledge to even understand these crimes against themselves. In many cases the children may not even recognize that the action is a crime, and sometimes blame themselves for the crime. A child should never be put in the position to have to save themselves from these perpetadors. It really pains me when I look at this list of laws. I am glad the laws are there, but it is not enough… not for my child… not for your child… or for the child that lives down the street. Something needs to change here. We need to take responsiblity and make that change happen.
[Please hang in there with me; there is a purpose for this post and the list of laws provided. In the next week ot so look for the post Terrorizing our children . . .]
to be continued . . .