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Are we witnessing a “sex panic”?

by Greg Krehbiel on 27 November 2017

I’ve seen that phrase tossed around a bit lately, and it’s got me wondering ….

The media loves to take a few incidents and make an epidemic out of it, to scare us — so we keep watching the news. Child abductions, airplane crashes, etc. And now, sexual predators.

We all know that there are sexual predators out there. We know the kinds of environments that can lend themselves to that sort of problem.

Is it a surprise that people in positions of power abuse that power? In a nation of 320 million, is it all that shocking that a couple dozen have been exposed recently?

2017-11-27  »  Greg Krehbiel

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  1. William
    28 November 2017 @ 2:12 am

    QUOTE: Are we witnessing a “sex panic”?

    Probably not. This is likely as the hashtag suggests…a “me too” moment. Just like last year’s mannequin challenge social media sensation, in time, people will move on to the next big thing.

    That said, I have no concern about people telling their stories (nor the media capitalizing upon it). It’s likely long overdue. If it’s beneficial to victims and preventing other cases, all the better. Yet, I am concerned that people “create” or “allege” things that have no merit just to get their 10 seconds of glory. It’s like the boy that cried wolf, when there’s a “real” story people won’t take it seriously. As well, people’s reputations are irreparably damaged and a simple mea culpa by the false accuser isn’t likely to repair that. Therefore, if there’s a meaningful story to tell, have at it. Yet, if it’s merely innuendo or rehashing cases that have been addressed and resolved long ago, let’s take a pass on that.

  2. Ken Crawford
    28 November 2017 @ 7:57 am

    I’m waffling on the general point, but the percentages in congress coming out thus far would suggest something troubling and not a panic.

  3. Scott Wicker
    28 November 2017 @ 1:20 pm

    Greg, I agree. ‘Sex panic’ is a good way to describe it.

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