The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 144
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 144

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nonprotector and the predator, leading to an escalation of the rape, murder and torture of our children. Rather than making their survival, and the survival of our the offspring of others while pack members forage, hunt or gather. And so they are expelled. Likewise, predators within a species are not tolerated. They are banished, avoided or killed. These are not moral judgments; they are biologically driven and, among all species but our own, compelling. Human animals, by contrast, have tolerated even tacitly condoned the species, an unquestioned priority, we watch indifferendy while the evolution other characteristic is pack behavior, a collectiveness which requires that all activity be geared to the ultimate survival of the group. Among other mammals, nonprotec-tive parents are considered defective by other pack members. Not only will they decrease the pack's numbers through direct attacks on their own young, but they also cannot be relied upon to guard WHY IT TAKES A WHOLE VILLAGE TO RAPE A CHILD A classic illustration of devolution is our laws against incest. What is the difference between sex with a child of another and a child of one's own? We all know and the data prove the truth. When a of cruelty continues. Much of it comes from the individual family itself; all of it from the human family as a whole. Instead of blaming the "destruction I v-vrnu of the family" for every social ill and evil, we need to face the fact that this is a self-inflicted male (note: I do not say a "man") wound. The "family" is se-destructing de stroying itself from within by its failure to nurture '7.-. and value its offspring. What are "family values" anyway? Unless and un til the ultimate "family value" is protection of Wolves may b predator, but they are has sex with a neighbor's child, prison is a likely possibility. But should such a creature have sex with his own child, we euphemistically deem it "family dysfunction" and call in the therapists. Incest laws were enacted to prevent the birth of biogenetic defectives. But why do such laws apply to children? Children do not have the biological capacity to reproduce. Laws prohibiting sex or marriage between closely related adults protect the species. But incest prohibition as to children has no such value. Simply put, we as a nation ! consider children to be the property of their parents. And we provide a special immunity our children, such a term biologically driven to protect the young within their pack. To survive, our human pack, the family, mutt make protecting our own a priority. deserves no respect We cannot continue to tolerate those who prey upon our chil dren the future of our species. Evolution is a race, a relay race, with the baton passed from generation to generation. The competition is between those who value children as the seedlings of Si i- .J.) ri idF u -tjFt 1 L'J.-1 our species and those who value them ftar. X' (0 5521 "I W' o x i t to sex offenders who grow their own victims. Which is more destructive to oia- species: 15 Kiit:u the random sexual assault of a child or the sexual assault of a child by the very individual whom all laws command to T . -w UtW. 1 . - . u 'ft 3T2C' Hrf- ft i0KEt Jii protect that child? What is the moral, social or ethical only as vassals and victims. We are not winning this race. And we cannot, unless and until we change our priorities and our conduct. All the pious rhetoric on the planet will not save one child. And while we endlessly debate the "right" of pedophiles to post kiddie porn on the Internet, our species moves farther away from its biological roots. We must take the abuse of a child as an offense against (and threat to) our survival. And we must replicate the conduct of our animal ancestors and respond as they did or fail to do so and vanish as some of them did. Forever. IS Justification for distinguishing ; ft r-5 1-5 3 ft 4?fli Ui m r- I- ft )ft3 'hQ sexual assault by Mood relationship of the victim to the perpetrator? We can come ' to but one conclusion: The laws against incest exist not to protect children but to protect predator. Yes, our human race remains the only one that tolerates nonprotective parents and same- species predators. The incest laws make that potnt, written in the blood of innocents. This is the Question about incest PARADE Contributing Editor Andrew Vachss is the author of "Safe House," a new novel published by Knopf. For more information j s r laws for every legislator in the land: Explain it or change it. And unless we, as a society, start asking that question, we wiO continue our "evolution" concerning Vachss and his work, visit his Web site: www.vachss.com. untfl we have lost our humanity. PUtUX MACAZMK MARCH M, MM PGC

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