Foley: For ComparisonFor the record: I firmly believe that Mark Foley is a disgusting creep that shouldn't be trusted around children or young people. He was right to resign, and the House is right to launch an investigation into the matter. As more information comes out, it appears that there is plenty of blame for not reporting this sooner to go around - other House members, Republicans, Democrats, the media, certain bloggers, and even some of the pages themselves. The psuedo-moral superiority being displayed by the Democrats is utterly nauseating. But ... the levels of hystrionics is a bit over the top.
From what we know now, the page involved in the IMs was 3 weeks shy of his 18th birthday. No physical contact took place. The IMs occurred after he left the page program. While there are rumors of other pages being similarly messaged, not one has come forward in the 5 or 10 years being rumored as the time frame of Foley's lechery. Now there is information coming out that the pages involved may have been pranking Foley.
Now, to compare ... my daugher, at age 11, was pushed up against a desk by her teacher as he leaned closely toward her. He swatted her on the butt, and made obvious learing glances at her well-developed chest. When she reported this activity, she was treated as if she were making it all up. It was her word against his. He of course denied it. The school officials gave him a month off with pay. She was left to feel cheap, used and abused. She later had to transfer out of his class because, after he returned, he made her life hell.
Now, five years later, that same teacher has come under scrutiny again, this time for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl. This time, the school has acted decisively and suspended him from teaching duties pending a full investigation. Had they acted on this five years ago, would this have (allegedly) happened to this other girl?
Perspective, please. The uber drama surrounding Foley only serves to cheapen the tragic experiences of kids who have truly been hurt. Think about them before you bray on and on about lecherous cyber-sex. Please.
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