In virtually every city of every nation lurks predators.
They stalk us, our children, our wives, our loved ones, and sometimes,
they are successful in their predatory actions. We become their victim.
Virtually every day of every week, some ordinary citizen
falls prey to one of these predators. We lament the loss of another
life, we weep and wail, and our hearts break as we anguish over the
brutal rape, or kidnapping or murder, or other violent predatory action
that has befallen someone amongst us.
But, it happens again, later, to someone else. Then
again. And again. Over and over, we read or hear about another victim
You would like to think that brilliant minds have been
coming up with solutions. They haven’t. It turns out, most of
them aren’t so brilliant. Worse, those who have come up with solutions
find their solutions are not acceptable to a certain segment of the
world’s society—especially large (and powerful) segments
of American and European society.
Sexual predators are on the rise around the world. In
America alone, between 1980 and 1986, the number of sexual abuse cases
involving children tripled, and today, there are more than 300,000 child
sexual abuse reports investigated annually in our nation.  One incredible
statistic published in 2001 in the Annual Review of Sociology, and shown
in the U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics,  noted that for all kinds
of violent crime in the year 1998, including sexual assaults, 87.9 of
every one thousand adolescents between the ages of twelve to fifteen
It gets worse for teenagers between the ages of sixteen
and nineteen, who suffer from a violent crime at the rate of 96.2 for
every one thousand of them. Indeed, their numbers rose to over 123 per
one thousand teens in 1995, but dropped steadily afterwards. In the
year 2005, the number was down to 44.3 victims of a violent crime per
one thousand teens between the ages of sixteen and nineteen.
Those numbers might sound really great, until you do
the math on them. If you look closer at those numbers, that means that
out of 1000 children from the ages sixteen to nineteen, approximately
44 of them will, at some point in time during those years, suffer from
some kind of violent crime, including sexual assaults and murder. To
really comprehend the significance of those numbers, we must look at
the U.S. Census Bureau tables which tell us that there were, in the
2000 Census, 21,324,186 children between fifteen and nineteen years
age.  Statistically, we can say approximately .04% of those children
are going to be victimized during those years. That translates to 852,967
children becoming victims of a violent crime—often a sexually
violent crime— in a single year. That is a staggering amount of
children who have become victims of a predator. And, that’s only
one age bracket. Truly, our children are suffering. They are being assaulted
from a wide array of predators, while society is in a moral stupor—deaf
and dumb to it all.
But, we adults fare little better.
If you leap forward to those who are between the ages
of 35 to 49, the statistics show 17.6 of every 1000 in that age bracket
are victims of a violent crime. In terms of population, that translates
to a staggering 1.17 million men and women who will be victims of a
violent crime during those years. For those of us over the age of fifty,
to the age of sixty-four, 11.4 out of every thousand will be victims
of a violent crime. That translates to 593,567 men and women in that
age bracket who will fall victim to a violent crime. That’s over
a half million of us. So, do the math for just those three age brackets
alone and you have, from just that portion of the population, 2,616,534
men, women, and teens, who, in a single year, will be a victim of a
violent crime. And, the numbers for the population as a whole is even
worse, because in 2005, the government shows that 21 American citizens
out of every 1000 suffered from a violent crime in that year. That means
that out of a population of approximately 296,507,061, somewhere in
excess of 6 million of us suffered from a violent crime. Six million.
That’s a six with six zeros after it!
Is it any wonder that we live in a state of fear, that
the older citizens are perpetually nervous, and that millions of women
are too frightened to even stay alone at home with the kids at night
when the husband must be gone? In a nation with almost 17 thousand (17,000)
murders a year (that’s like having six September 11's strung together
in a single year), we are a nation paralyzed with fear. Our children
are being assaulted, raped, murdered, kidnapped, and we are being stalked
by predators that live next door. The predator numbers have risen as
the population has increased. More and more deviant behavior patterns
are emerging. More and more “crazies” are showing up. We’re
seeing the real-life Freddie Krueger’s come into our neighborhoods.
We keep wondering, “Why? Why us? Why is this happening?”
There are answers, but most don’t want to hear
those answers, don’t want to believe those answers, and even if
they do believe them, they don’t want to take the steps necessary
to stop the nightmares visiting on our streets on a daily basis. Ironically,
our behavior, as a society, is akin to those who are addicted to Crystal
Methamphetamine. Even though our skin is blotchy, reddened and scabbed
over, and our ability to chew our food is diminished because our teeth
are starting to loosen, and though we live through hundreds of Nightmares
on Elm Streets, we can’t—and will not—escape.
There is an interesting parallel to our societal behavior
with respect to our refusal to remedy the problem of predators, and
someone addicted to “crystal meth.” First of all, virtually
all of the meth made today is “home-made” (and illegal).
It is a stimulant to the central nervous system, giving an adrenaline-like
rush to the brain and spinal cord. Our body has neurotransmitters—chemical
substances—which are used to communicate to the body, transmitting
information that influences our moods, thinking, and other systems in
Meth provides an overload of stimulation, such that
individuals high on “crystal meth” have a feeling of power
and invincibility. But, in reality, they are completely unaware of the
deterioration of their intellectual abilities, the drastic diminishment
of their physical abilities, and even oblivious to their horrid appearance.
They begin to live in a fantasy world, oblivious to everything except
their need for the drug. They will sacrifice anything they own (or that
you own) in order to supply their habit.
We’re so much like these meth addicts—so
Sadly, we don’t even know it.
Have you ever wondered why it is there are so many “Weirdos”
out there? Have you ever given thought to the reasons why there are
such a large number of individuals who seem to have no conscience, and
who seem to be completely without feelings? They have no sorrow for
their crimes—only sorrow for being caught. They have no remorse.
They can brutalize a child, yet feel only pleasure and a feeling of
empowerment. They never identify with their victim, never wonder at
the terror of their victim, and never consider the absolute nightmare
of horror that destroyed their victim’s mind and life after they
were done with them. Have you ever wondered how that is possible? Have
you wondered why the numbers of such freakish individuals is rising?
Is there some kind of Freak School or Monster 101 class for such beings?
Where is the factory for these aliens, these apparent sub-human species?
There is such a “school,” and there are
“lessons” being taught to these monsters, these predators
who stalk us and our children. But, I’m also convinced that we—as
a society—are unwilling to shut the “schools” down.
In fact, we’re willing to supply the “monsters” (from
our own homes) and we’re willing to supply the victims (from our
own homes), but we’re not willing to shut down the training centers.
We’re very much like many of the Muslim countries
who are in a quandary similar to our own. The Saudis have long had schools
in which Wahhabism is taught. This is a "brand" of Islam that
teaches rigid and strict of interpretations of the Koran (Curan, or
al-quran). The teachers of Wahhabism inculcate young minds with these
teachings that are merely a religious version of Nazism. These teachings
are delivered non-stop, inculcating the minds of the young Muslims with
a hatred for all things Christian, Western, and Jewish. Shortly after
the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, the United States government
began pressuring Saudi Arabia to eliminate its educational material
that demonizes Christians and Jews, or that urges “jihad”—holy
war—on “unbelievers.” Saudi officials gave much assurance
that such had been done, but evidence from some sources, suggests otherwise.
There is, in Saudi Arabia, a “head knowledge”
of the need for such reform, but there appears to be an absence of political
will. In order to eliminate the Wahhabism teachings, or even reform
them, the Saudi government would pit itself against very powerful imans
(Muslim clerics presumably able to lead others in all aspects of life,
and thus, given enormous respect by the populace.). These imans, if
roused, could threaten the political life of the powerful House of Saud.
The Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki
al-Faisal, noted that reforms had been made with respect to the training
of the teachers and in the messages “given to children in the
formative years,” and added that it was done “for our own
security and our own educational standard.”  However, The Center
for Religious Freedom at Freedom House studied some of the textbooks
used in the Saudi public schools and disputed the assertions of the
Nina Shea, the director of the center, noted that the
textbooks reflected “an ideology of hatred against the other,
against Christians, Jews, other Muslims—for instance, Shiites
and the majority Sunni Muslims—and all others who do not subscribe
to the Wahhabi doctrine,” and even taught that Christians and
Jews are ‘apes and pigs;’ and, they issued a dire warning
not to befriend or even respect non-believers. 
In America, we’re faced with the same problem,
and we’re dealing with the problem very much like the Saudi government
dealt with the problem of Wahhabism. We know we’ve got a problem
with crime and that violent predators are on the increase. We know that
there are “crops” of these maniacs being grown within our
borders. We know they are coming out of training well-versed in the
killing arts, and that they are skilled manipulators, and that they
are as addicted to their lust for their crimes as a “crystal meth”addict.
So, what are we doing to stop them?
Well, we’re trying to stop them by enacting new
laws—stricter laws, which sweep broader, and which increase the
penalties. But, it was always against the law to molest a child, or
rape a woman, or murder a citizen. We’ve thought, somehow, that
passing legislation will stop these predators. It is a band-aid, nothing
more. Sure, Megan’s Law  is a good thing—as well as other
legislation—and it has helped identify and locate predators, but
it still will not stop a predator. Once that mind is “bent”
into a predatory pretzel, no legislation is going to unbend it.
In Order to Stop the Predators
In order to stop the predators, we’ve got to stop
their minds from getting “bent.” We’ve got to stop
their psyches from being inculcated with the mind-bending images and
scenarios that are crammed into them from birth. We've got to make it
a crime, or at least a violation of civil law, to "bend" the
mind and psyche of a child. (You'd think that would be a no-brainer.)
We have to stop the invasion of their minds by the Death
Gamers and the Hollywood violence and porn factories which depict sex
and violence in such a way as to interfere with the central nervous
system, and which desensitize humans so as to eradicate their normal,
ordinary emotions, turning them into beasts of prey without morals,
without feelings, and possessed of a seared conscience. The pornography
factories, under the guise of “freedom of speech,” have
caused the rape and destruction of countless lives and ruined marriages
by causing men to compare their wives to a fantasy. They have embedded
images in the minds of impressionable young men, and older men—images
that many of them these individuals cannot eradicate, creating urges
they cannot control, and driving them to seek a pleasurable release
akin to what they’ve witnessed hundreds, if not thousands, of
times on a screen. They seek an illusion, even as the meth addict seeks
his or her illusion of power and pleasure.
The invasion of the minds of so many of these children
is causing us to grow up generations of warped, perverted, and emotionally
damaged men and women. They are unaware of the serious re-wiring that
has gone on in their minds and their emotional psyche. Those that are
in their family often don't see the trauma that has taken place until
it's too late. Sometimes, it's only when they turn a fantasy into a
nightmare for someone that people suddenly realize little Jimmy "really
had some problems, but golly-gee-whiz, I never thought they were this
Realize that not all children are the same and do not
have the same minds, nor the same backgrounds, nor the same emotional
temperaments. Some of them come from homes and environments that are
already cauldrons of scalding waters of life. Add to that, images of
violence that are so powerful and radical that they indelibly permeate
and imprint a mind and psyche that is already weakened, and you have
the perfect specimen for the role of Freddie.
You think it isn't possible? Do you think horror movies
embedded into the minds of children has no effect on them? Do you honestly
believe that children watching hour-upon-hour of graphic violence and
sex, and minimizing moral values to the point of non-existence, does
not sear a conscience, and that it does not create lasting, motivational
impressions upon minds—especially young minds? I suggest you ask
Anheuser-Busch why it bought 10 advertising spots for Super Bowl XLI
(the same number it purchased for the Bowl game the year earlier). 
Ad rates were pegged at $2.6 million for a 30-second spot. And, while
it is probable that they were able to get the rates down a bit, one
still must wonder why it is that any business would be willing to spend
that kind of money on just 30 seconds of advertising if it didn't work.
Do you understand what advertising really is about?
Do you comprehend the nature of advertising? In simple terms, advertising
is the effort by a company to place their product before your eyes with
the express purpose of influencing you favorably towards their product,
and for the ultimate goal of inducing you to purchase their product.
And, these guys think that in 30 seconds, they can induce enough people
to like their product and to buy it, to justify spending millions on
that short span of advertising time.
They are willing to bet millions of dollars on their
ability to shape the minds of millions of people in 30 seconds of time.
It must work, else they’d not be coming back again and again.
Busch came back. So did CareerBuilder.com, General Motors, and Pepsi-Co.
These companies also bought more than one spot of advertising time.
But, some of you would try and argue that sitting a
child—especially an emotionally stressed child—in front
of a television, or video game, or movie screen, or computer, and exposing
that mind to exciting, thrilling, chilling, and breath-taking scenes
of violence and gore and sex for hours—not just 30 seconds—somehow
does nothing to the psyche and mind of that child. What colossal ignorance
If you don’t believe there is a link in the steady
stream of graphic violence and pornography that is flooding our world,
then you’re (a) not well read; and (b) not a critical thinker;
and (c) were terrible as a child trying to connect dots (no doubt you
still color outside the lines).
The Link Between Graphic Violence and Real Violence
In 1995, Frontline did a documentary entitled “Does
TV Kill?” Reporter Alan Austin and a crew (which included psychologist
Leonard Eron) went to Hudson, New York to interview, observe and film
people—particularly children—to study their behavior and
attitudes about watching television.  The hour-long documentary was
The crew targeted several volunteer families in the
town and trained their cameras on those who watched television. Eron
had done similar work in 1960, finding then that the children who watched
violent programs were more aggressive in school. He returned in 1971
and 1980, re-interviewing the same subjects. He found that those who
had absorbed a substantial amount of violent television programming,
had problems with violence in their late adolescence and early adulthood.
Indeed, these individuals had more interaction with the police, having
substantially more arrests and criminal convictions, were more aggressive
within the confines of their homes, and, significantly, had children
who were more aggressive. 
One rather stunning scene in the documentary came near
the end of the program when a young boy, standing with his parents,
was asked what he’d do if offered one million dollars to give
up watching television. Without any hesitation, he rejected it. His
mother, her voice ringing with disbelief, said, “Not even for
a million?” When asked why, his response was to the effect that
there would be nothing else to do. Clearly, this child represents the
attitudes of millions. They’re addicted to a drug that’s
not taken with a needle, but is taken directly into the mind, and its
effect is akin to a drug in that it substantially alters the mind, alters
the attitudes, alters perceptions, and even affects the children physically.
One estimate made by researchers in the early 1990’s found that
by the time a child left elementary school, he or she had seen 8,000
murders and over 100,000 acts of violence. 
Parts of Eron’s studies revealed a large segment
of children who had become physically inactive from watching television,
i.e., these children are seldom found outside playing, but are often
found in front of the television set. To say that television watching
is not addictive is simply not a statement that can be made with any
credibility. It is addictive, it is psychologically debilitating, and
physically harmful, and has also been shown to negatively affect the
family relationships .  Moreover, studies have linked sexually suggestive
programs with sexual behavior by children, as well as an increased sexual
awareness that has lead to teen pregnancies. 
Bok Sessela’s excellent book, “Mayhem,”
revealed an enormous amount of data in studies that clearly shows there
is a definite link to the images being poured into the minds of our
children on a regular basis, and that this is directly affecting our
society in negative fashion. She showed how the research reveals that
a rather dramatic desensitization has been taking place in our society.
We are bombarded hourly with reality tv, showing crime scenes, murders,
catastrophes, and a myriad of other actual events that, over time, tend
to give what Sessela calls “compassion fatigue.”  After
awhile, people who see so much violence, so much horror, and so much
catastrophe, shut themselves off emotionally. One can only shed so many
tears, can only be horrified so long, and eventually, a numbness comes
to that person. The barriers come up and the emotions are “dumbed
If a 30 second commercial can impact millions of minds,
there is surely an incalculable measure of damage done, and being done,
to tens of thousands of children and adults on a daily basis. Some of
those children can’t handle it, can’t deal with the overload,
and we suddenly experience a Columbine, or another senseless, brutal
act somewhere by an adult (who once was a child whose mind was being
fed this garbage), and we gasp, “Why? How can we stop this?”
I contend that it is this assault upon our emotions
and minds which has brought us remorseless killers—men and women
who do despicable acts that horrify us, that make us wonder how any
human could do such a thing. But, when one considers the torrent of
media material—television drama, videos, games, movies, and even
the news—that sweeps into the minds of millions like a tsunami
invading an occupied village, it is no wonder that some minds cannot
handle it. Overload of the senses brings a numbing to the psyche. Add
to that, life’s ordinary traumas, like sickness, poverty, peer
pressure, and merely growing up, and you have the conditions ripe for
the “Perfect Killer” who will, in a storm of violence, one
day pay back to society what it gave him or her: pain, murder, mayhem,
Why Can’t We Stop?
How interesting it is to me, our reaction to 9-11 and
our reaction to millions of murders that happen on an annual basis in
our nation. I’m rather stunned that we can accept violent acts
of crime, including sexual assaults, of over a half a million—852,967—of
our children, aged 15 to 19 years of age, in a single year’s period
of time. We are willing to accept those losses. There are few headlines,
except where there is a Columbine-type incident, of the horrendous numbers
of our children being victimized. Ah, but let some terrorists kill only
a small fraction of that number (approximately .003%—less than
1/10th of 1%), and it traumatizes a nation and sent it into a political
storm of legislation.
I suggest that we adults, as a nation, have become
so addicted and accustomed to absorbing the graphic violence, the graphic
pornographic and sexual material, and the daily diet of “hard
news” that we cannot turn it off. We are addicted, but we refuse
to acknowledge it. We can't pull Johnnie and Julie away from the tv
set because we're so addicted to it ourselves, we can't justify denying
them their pleasure. And, of course, there's the "ignorance factor,"
which accounts for the rest of the reasons why we can't stop. Some are
willingly ignorant, refusing to entertain for a second that they might
be an enabler to the Monster Factory by pre-approving the lessons, paying
for them, providing the equipment and housing for the school, and even
supplying the student.
I suggest there are deeper reasons, as well, for our
inability to stop the Kruegeristic-Wahhabism floods of gore and filth
that come pouring into our minds and the minds of our children. Can
it be that the moguls who brought us such “entertainment”
and who have reaped the measureless profits from it all, are themselves
so addicted to their wealth, their craft, their position of power and
influence, and their own fare, that they are as unable to pull themselves
away from the poisonous teat, even as we are? It would seem to be so.
Or, do you know of a Hollywood producer who has suddenly said, “Enough!
I will no longer produce trash that merely feeds the appetite for violence
and sex. I will seek to feed the soul, the intellect, and the spirit.
Know any of those? Perhaps there are a handful of them. But, surely
their numbers are few, and their profits are surely not soaring as usual.
They could still have enormous profits, if they would
pull away. Mel Gibson proved that. He showed that one could produce
a movie that, while violent, was not done gratuitously, was far more
than entertainment, was edifying, and reached out on a spiritual plane
to the audience, rather than seeking to press all of the "pleasure
buttons” of an audience, or trying to thrill the viewers with
cheap violence, or seeking to please them with graphic sexual content.
Gibson’s film, The Passion, made many millions, and is still making
Unless our nation begins to pay attention to the producers
of the hideous games and movies, and acts aggressively, as a society,
to restrict the freedom to destroy minds—some have erroneously
called it “freedom of speech—we will, as a society, continue
to have our nightmares visit us, but not on Elm street. They will reach
into our homes—our neighborhoods, our street. Eventually, you
will be hit. Statistically, the odds are increasing that you’re
going to be a victim of a violent crime. It isn’t just going to
be the children—it’s going to be your children. And you.
We must act to curb the so-called “freedom”
of the producers of mind-warping materials that are causing men to rape
our daughters and wives, and molest and murder our children. We must
act to protect our society against those who are causing our children
to turn into mental and emotional zombies, unable to clearly reason,
and able only to follow desires created by the psychological imprinting
done by those who are driven by dreams of staggering wealth who are
willing to leave us with nightmares of hideous death. They laugh all
the way to the bank as they take some of our children and turn them
into Freddie Kruegers and turn our lives into nightmares. What fools
we are to permit it.
You know I’m right.
Terrorists killed around 3000 of our citizens in a single
year, in one act of violence. We passed legislation and made fundamental
changes to our entire governmental systems, from the federal to the
state and city level of government. We had sweeping debates, and our
vigilance was heightened to unprecedented levels. We even had colored
lights to warn us at what stage of alert we should be.
But, when over half a million of our children are hurt,
no lights flash, no news bulletins come across the bottom of the television
screen. Nothing. Just silence. No congressmen are gathered on the Front
Lawn for a news conference to tell us how urgent it is we get out of
our neighborhood before Freddie arrives. No congressional calls are
made for sweeping legislation to stop those responsible for the unleashing
of mass destruction of lives. (You do realize that nearly 17,000 murders
is “mass destruction,” don’t you?) I don’t see
any alerts come on the television. No condition red. Not orange. Nothing.
Just business as usual. We send troops over to Iraq to fight some real-life
Freddies, monsters, murderous goons and thugs who want to mass-murder
us and even their own innocents who are mere bystanders, and after fewer
deaths than caused by the 9-11 attacks, our nation went into an apoplectic,
However, over 17,000 of us can be murdered and over
6 million of us are attacked, and there’s a deafening silence,
even from the pontificators who sit as Lords on the High Court of Public
Opinion, declaring to us what “the news” really is and really
means. Their silence is deafening. No marches by Jesse Jame...uh, Jackson.
No sharp tons of babbling flesh telling us we have to stop these violent
attacks on black teens. No frenzied editorials from editors in New York
who apparently don’t have the time to care about mass destruction
of humanity. No talking political heads making the rounds. No congressional
mandates. No calls for the heads of Hollywood, nor Justice Department
indictments of the Death Gaming Industry, and no cabal of lawyers demanding
justice. Just silence.
Even silence from the ACLU, those pretenders of the
protection of our “freedoms,” but who haven’t the
common sense to comprehend that there is no exercise of freedom in death.
There are no liberties to defend, nor freedoms to exercise, nor appeals
to write in hell.
Freddie’s coming to your neighborhood. Like it
or not, he’s coming.
You’ll wish then that those who numbed the mind
of your child, or whoever is the sudden, in-your-house-nightmare, had
been put out of business and not been allowed to destroy the mind that
destroyed your life.
How I wish I were wrong.
Voyle A. Glover
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