It’s a rare day in Mudville that I agree with Wendy McElroy…
The toddler wandered from her nursery school, Ready Teddy Go, through a door left open. A bricklayer named Clive Peachey drove past her in his truck. At the inquest, he stated, “I kept thinking I should go back. The reason I didn’t was because I thought people might think I was trying to abduct her.”
Instead, he assured himself that the parents must be “driving around” and would find her.
A few minutes thereafter, Abby fatally fell into an algae-covered pond.
There’s no doubt that child molestation is a real problem, and increased awareness is a good thing. But as Abby’s story horribly illustrates, societies in which adults don’t feel free to approach or help strange children, are not child-safe.
McElroy, uncharacteristically, doesn’t comment on how this effects men in particular. But I think men are more likely to be seen as sexual predators, with the result that innocent men are more likely to worry about their actions being misconstrued than innocent women. (I’ve posted in the past about the extra suspicion some male child care workers have to deal with).
Curtsy: The Argument Clinic.
UPDATE: Abyss2hope has a different take.