Standing Tall

And Judge John Pickering said:

“Any mother should be entitled to leave their children in a busy shopping centre and not have any belief or expectation anyone would then create harm,” he said.The comments above were from the judge presiding over the case of a security guard that was caught on cctv cameras, leading a 3-year-old girl away from the playground that he is supposed to be protecting. He sexually assaulted the girl.

I am so sorry if what I am about to say will offend you in any way. But exactly what planet is this judge on. By all means, you have a right to leave your 3-year-old in a playground with strangers and to expect the best, but the human race is just not going to comply. We live in a jungle and we need to know where the wild animals are. Homo Sapiens have evolved and survived to be at the top of the food chain. Not because we are the strongest, but we have the ability to out think and outsmart the predators that are a danger to us. In effect, we are now the most dangerous specie to have inhabited our lovely planet.

How can we ever expect our children to be safe while we continue to kill or maim each other and have done so since the homo sapiens routed out the Neanderthals 70 000 years ago. Because they were physically stronger, they wiped them off the face of the earth. And it has just continued and gotten worse ever since.

So, what makes people think that it is safe to leave young children unattended? It is a parent’s worst nightmare to have your child go missing. I remember when I was a child, and my mother took us camping. My younger brother, who was 10 at the time, headed off by himself, fishing rod and tackle box in hand at lunchtime. By 5pm he still had not returned. My mother was beside herself with worry and frantically looked for him. At 8pm, he just strolled up the dirt road and could not work out what all the fuss was about.

There is an evil that lurks in the shadows like a rat. They will watch and wait and take the first opportunity that presents itself. Remember Madelene Mc Cann, Samantha Knight, William Tyrell. They have just disappeared off the face of the earth. No trace. Then there are the countless cases of child molestation at respected schools, churches, sports clubs and so-called family friends. Then the cases that we never know about. What kind of sick individual gets their rocks off assaulting young children?

At my martial arts school, we have the responsibility of teaching children to defend themselves. We take this very seriously. I am passionate about this but in many respects my hands are tied. We need the parents and family to do their bit. With the strongest language I can muster, never leave your children alone in an area that you do not trust 100%.



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