Men should know better

Stabroek News
June 29, 2001

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Clarence Evans who took the time to respond to my previous letter about the crisis facing our pre-adult females. The crisis I refer to is their sexual coercion by bus operators.

In his letter [ please note: link provided by LOSP web site ] captioned "Not all these young maidens are innocent" (27.6.500l) he agrees that there is a problem but intelligently argues that the responsibility is shared by both parties. Thus invoking the old cliche, "it takes two to tango". There is some merit to this argument and this is why I urged society to become active participants. For the most part, the parents of these girls are not aware of the their children's behavior out of the home. Once these activities are reported, however, they will be brought into the loop by the Authorities.

In a civil society, we afford adults tremendous privileges, coupled with these benefits are responsibilities. Since most of the bus operators are deemed adults, it is reasonable to expect from them responsible conduct. In a situation where there is an adult versus a minor, the adult is therefore expected to be in control. It is unacceptable to take advantage of minors and blame them for being victims.

To revisit the American anti?drug slogan, just say no".

The writer does not do credit to men by arguing that we cannot rebuff sexual advances made by children. I certainly hope we as men are not all that barbaric and I hope "you" are old enough to know better.

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Lee Garnett