Bumping this because I strongly believe this issue deserves more attention than this thread seems to be getting (I’m seeing views (in limited numbers), but not replies (other than CL’s “thanks”)). I’m not sure why, but I’ll speculate on a couple of possible reasons, and address why I feel those reasons shouldn’t stand.
Possible Reason #1: The issue is messy and is uncomfortable to think about, much less deal with.
Response: How messy and uncomfortable is it for a young girl who’s forced to have sex (including the more distasteful and painful varieties) multiple times in a day, day after day? Ladies, it seems to me that you in particular could empathize. Isn’t worth facing discomfort to fight this in a way that’s fairly straighforward.
Possible Reason #2: The issue isn’t personal to a lot of people, and thus doesn’t seem quite “real.”
Response: First of all, I’ll admit right off that having been a child sex abuse victim, the issue is personal and real to me. But from that perspective, let me reassure you that this issue is indeed real; real girls suffering real misery. The following sort of argument has been used on a variety of issues to the point where it seems trite, but the fact is that these girls could indeed be your sisters, daughters, etc. They’re certainly somebody’s loved ones even if only God’s (and that’s the big one anyway).
As an added note, from a Christian perspective, I submit that this is very much an issue that Christians should care about. These girls are living in a horrid situation, often terrorized into submission, sometimes by threats to their loved ones (including little sisters). If anyone needs to be shown the love of Christ (and who doesn’t?), it’s them. Getting on your legislators’ cases may not feel like a substantial intervention, but the laws translates into fewer girls being put through hell by these monsters.
Please look at the Shared Hope link above and see what the state of your own state’s laws are. And if they’re poor, then lean on your lawmakers to correct it. It’s only e-mails, people. Isn’t it worth it for the victims and potential victims?
And please respond to the thread to let me (and others) know that you take this matter seriously.