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My book club recently met to discuss Tatiana de Rosnay’s fabulous book, Sarah’s Key. The story takes place during World War II, when thousands of Jews who lived in Paris were rounded up in 1942, forced into trains taking them to temporary camps outside of Paris, separated from their children (even babies!), and then shipped off to Auschwitz, where they were executed. The ladies in the book club were judging the Parisians harshly — How could these people watch all of those Jews being rounded up and do nothing? How could they live in such denial? My reply was to quote Edmund Burke:

All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke

Then, I brought up the present-day “Holocaust” that we are facing today. I pointed out that 1 in 3 women has been sexually abused. Silence … followed by, “How do you define sexual abuse?”

Then, I asked how many of them had heard about the Protect Our Children Act. Only one of them had because she had seen Oprah talking about it. I told them that, according to the officer on Oprah, he only had the resources to follow up on 2% of the leads before this act passed. That meant that 98% of the photos and videos of children being raped, assaulted, and tortured went into a pile because there were not enough resources to stop their abusers.

You would think that, after the public learned this information, this act would have been a shoe-in, but it wasn’t. You would have thought that the outrage over this “Child Pornography Holocaust” would equal what we say today about how we would have reacted if we had been living in Paris in 1942, but it wasn’t. The Democrats wanted to tack a bunch of pork onto their version of the bill, and the Republicans wanted to include stuff in their version that the Democrats would not support. Each side was so hell-bent on having its own way that the act risked not being passed before Congress recessed for the year.

The only reason the act did pass is that Oprah got enough people riled up to make it happen. I, along with thousands of other people, wrote my Congressmen and said, “If you vote no to this act, then I am voting no to you in November.” Thankfully, the Protect Our Children Act was passed into law, and law enforcement now has the means to investigate, and hopefully stop, many of these predators.

Back to the story … I then said that thousands of children are being pulled out of their beds at night to be sexually abused, some of them on film that is uploaded on the Internet. How many go to our neighborhood school down the street? What are we doing about it?

All that evil needs to prevail is for the good people to do nothing. All child pornographers need is for us to say, “It’s not my child,” or “What can I do about it? I am just one person,” or “It’s none of my business.” Sound familiar? Who are we to judge the Parisians about not getting involved to stop the Jewish round up when we sit here today in denial of an epidemic of child abuse? Have we learned nothing since 1942?

Photo credit: Lynda Bernhardt

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