Mark Loper, the detective in charge of the case against the youth charged with the vicious attack on a five year-old girl said: “New Zealand society needs to have another good look at itself if we have juveniles of this age committing these kinds of offences.”
Could one of the factors be that too many have neither faith nor the values that went with it?
You don’t have to have a religious faith to believe in and adhere to the values which under-pin our legal system and used to under-pin society – responsiblity for yourself and your actions and respect for other people, their property and the law.
The attack on this child might have been a random act of evil but child abuse is not isolated.
This case was different because the victim was a tourist on holiday but the statistics on children abused in their own homes is shameful and might not be unrelated to this case.
Chances are the accused was, and might still be, a victim of abuse himself and that he was brought up without the values which used to be regarded as normal.
Someone to whom abuse is normal is far more likely to abuse. Someone brought up without values doesn’t know right from wrong.
That wouldn’t excuse the crime but it would help explain it.
I agree with the frustration Detective Loper is expressing, but it’s long past time for society to look at itself. It’s time for action and that action must include a return to the values which keep everyone safe.