reply to post by Timely
That's exactly the mentality that he's talking about. No one is saying hide them, or that it's ok. It's that the "weed them out and burn
them!" mentality is getting to the point where people are almost afraid to look at someone wrong, because they're going to get accused. And once
you're accused they'll come after you with pitchforks.
I was almost a victim of this, just from trying to be nice to my sister in law's daughter. We were at a Halloween thing that her family does every
year. The kids were off playing, and we noticed that the other kids were being mean to her daughter and picking on her, because they were a little
older. The other kids went off together, leaving her alone. My wife and I went and played with her for a few minutes, before my wife got tired. I
played with her a little longer, and tried to make her feel like not everyone was going to be mean to her.
A couple of months later, we were almost homeless, and asked her sister to let us stay with them. She let us stay for a day or two, but made up some
excuse about not staying long because of the kids, and her not being comfortable with me there, since she barely new me. We just kind of passed it
off, until a couple of years later. Come to find out, she was telling everyone that she knew that I was a pedophile, and she was convinced that I was
after her daughter, because I paid too much attention to her that Halloween.
I was damn lucky that it didn't go any farther than her family, but she could easily have gone to the police and launched an investigation that would
have destroyed my life. Once a rumor of even being investigated for that got out, I would have never been able to find a job, and would have had to
leave the town we lived in.
THAT is what we want to see stopped. No one is trying to cover for anyone, and no one is trying to suppress the victims here. Just stop the damn
witch hunts when someone looks too long at someone.