The Child Exploitation Epidemic (10/12/06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

The Child Exploitation Epidemic (10/12/06)

Once Former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley's sexually inappropriate e-mails to congressional pages came to light, resigning in disgrace was his only alternative. Likewise, any of his colleagues who helped cover up this behavior need to go as well.

This would be true whether Foley and his enablers were Republicans, Democrats or Communists.

But when we gaze into the cesspool of this particular problem, it's pretty clear Foley is just a small fish. Child sexual exploitation of all types is running rampant in our society.

Why? Well, not that long ago, using children as sex symbols in movies, TV shows or ads was simply taboo. And the instincts of even the worst pedophiles were reined in by the lack of any apparent support group.

But those days are gone. Children are now shamelessly displayed as desirable sexual objects on the Internet. And those who would abuse them find comfort in websites that feed their sickness and assure them there are countless others out there just like them.

I don't know what the solution is. But let's not fool ourselves.

A lot of shamelessly opportunistic politicians will claim a great moral victory because they aren't like Mark Foley. But he's just the frost on the tip of a huge iceberg. And the problem runs much deeper than a single kinky congressman.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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