The Steubenville gang rape case brings to mind a host of gut-wrenching realities that we have ignored for too long.
High school-age boys have largely devolved in to predators who function as a pack of jackals looking for helpless prey. Other boys are too afraid to step up and defend the victims. Mainstream media outlets speak of the legal consequences for the criminals in a manner that is clearly intended for us to have empathy for those who felt none for the victims; we are supposed to feel bad because their future chances of success have been hurt. Instead of being overwhelmed with a sense of failure as a parent, feeling disgusted at his son's actions, and having sorrow for the victim, one parent hugged his rapist son.
Our society has bought into the culture that the Left and other Godless have fed us. Girls are told that they will be happy being treated as sex objects or worse. Boys no longer are not afraid of being punished by their fathers, nor by the possible retribution that fathers, brothers, and cousins of the victim may seek. People are willing to entertain the argument that girls who get too drunk and refuse the help of their friends share a portion of the blame for being attacked.
No one is willing to admit that our society is collapsing around us.
For me, the most tragic part of the linked article concerns the actions of a male so-called friend of the victim who, maybe for fear of being ostracized by his peers or possibly sustaining a broken tooth from defending the girls, left her to the animals to be raped, digitally penetrated (Also sexual assault) urinated on, and God knows what else. It is he who, for me, exemplifies the depths to which we have sunk. I do not see any evidence that he even called the police If the crime was occurring at that moment and the cops would not arrive in time, my high school junior son would never have given up until he either got her out of that hell hole or was beaten until he was unconscious. He was raised to be a sheepdog, have empathy for others, and to know that he cannot ignore his conscience. He also knows that I would be bursting with pride while taking him to the hospital to have any injuries treated. Men do not leave victims behind.
In my teen years, I too encountered drunk girls at high school parties. I took the honorable, and only, route and kept them safe.
We are not raising our boys to be men.
-From the article:
Be prepared to have tears in your eyes when you read the girl's question to the guy that left her to be subjected to the vicious and inhuman attack
"In Steubenville, Ohio two teenage boys— a 17-year-old and 16-year-old—are on trial for allegedly stripping a very inebriated and nearly unconscious 16-year-old girl naked, attempting to make her perform oral sex on them (although she could not even open her mouth), urinating on her, using their fingers to penetrate her and carrying her from one location to another, to continue sexually violating her......
Equally heartbreaking is the fact that no one helped the alleged victim, despite the fact that her plight was obvious to many people at the party where she was publicly stripped naked, before being carried away to the house where she was then allegedly brutally assaulted. Here are the texts where she seems incredulous that one “friend” did nothing to help her:
August 12, 5.45pm
Male friend: Are you all right? (Sent repeatedly until 6.37pm)
V: WTF? Who was there? Who did that to me?
How could this happen? I believe American teens are in the grips of a psychological epidemic that has eroded much of their capacity to connect with genuine emotion and is, therefore, crushing their empathy.
Having watched tens of thousands of YouTube videos with bizarre scenarios unfolding, having Tweeted thousands of senseless missives of no real importance, having watched contrived “Reality TV” programs in which people are posers in false dramas about love or lust or revenge, having texted millions of times, rather than truly connecting and having lost their real faces to the fake life stories of Facebook, they look upon the actual events of their lives with no more actual investment and actual concern and actual courage than they would look upon a fictional character in a movie.
They are absent from their own lives and those of others. They are floating free in a virtual world where nothing really matters other than being cool observers of their own detached existence, occasionally alighting on one another’s bodies, in sexual embraces that remind them—for an orgasmic moment—that they are actually alive and actually human.
The psychological epidemic dissolves courage and compassion and is the most virulent and dangerous one our culture and the world has ever faced. It could ruin us.
What was once referred to as “the bystander effect”—a psychological phenomenon in which individuals in a crowd tend not to step forward to save a victim, is now an apt label for a large percentage of teens. They are bystanders in their own lives. They are bystanders to the lives of others. And just as they may stand by as a “friend” of theirs is brutally sexually assaulted, humiliated and degraded, they could stand by as forces of darkness gather to confront the American ideals of liberty and justice. "