Friday, September 9, 2016
Second Chance or Ounce of Prevention……..
Why do we give our greyhounds heartworm medications? We do so to prevent them from getting heartworm and risking their health.
Why do we keep our greyhounds on leash? We do so to prevent our greyhounds from getting away and running into harm.
I recently heard an individual remark that a child molester who must register as a sex offender for life due to the conviction of molesting two innocent children should be given a "second chance".
Which raised the question - shouldn’t potential future victims be given an "ounce of prevention"?
The individual runs greyhound events that have minors present. (Please do not doubt this fact as there are photos that clearly show children at events this individual runs and also attends) A child molester who while out on bail molests a second child does not appear to be a trustworthy individual, and a child molester who when one reads the court and parole records is acting and conducting himself in same manners he did when he was caught is not someone to trust!
Would you trust and give a second chance to a significant other who molested your child?
Would you trust a neighbor who molested your child?
Would you trust a sport team coach who molested your child?
Would you trust a teacher who molested children?
Wouldn't you wonder how many children may have been molested but were too fearful to come forward?
Would you willingly allow your child or your wife or your girlfriend to be offered a ride by a convicted child molester with lifetime sex offender registration? Perhaps you did not know of the sex crimes done by an individual however now that you do know, is a ride with such an individual really worth it? There have already been two recorded strikes. How many second chances are you willing to give?
Is your adoption program ready and willing to give a convicted child molester with lifetime sex offender registration a second chance in exchange for a monetary donation that is given only if you work...excuse me, volunteer to work at an event run by such an individual? The care and placement of ex-racing greyhounds is of utmost importance to me as it should be to all in the greyhound adoption community however exactly what are you willing to turn a blind eye to in order to receive a donation?
You say give the individual a second chance but tell me what do you say to children who have been raped, who have been molested, who have endured a childhood of hell due to sexual assault? You say people change but if you knew nothing of the individual previously how can you honestly say such a person has changed when you know nothing about them? You say that was a long time ago, yet are you sure? You preach that anyone who adopts a greyhound must be a good person. Do you also feel that someone who is aroused by children is a good person?
Just as we give our greyhounds an ounce of prevention, the children and women of our community deserve the same. Those whose lives have been forever altered by sexual assault never get a second chance at innocence.
So whats it going to be?