Because They Can
April 12, 2013
by Diane Wilson
I read another story today about the abuse of children by a whistleblower who was shunned for years after she reported the abuse. When discussing why people abused these children, her answer was that they did it “because they can.” A simple answer, three simple words, but they pack a more powerful punch than any answer I have ever heard. It answers a question that has been asked for decades, something that has plagued psychoanalysts for years. “Because they can.” That’s it; that is the reason. No big mystery; just because they can. So now we have to ask the biggest question, why? Why can they? Why can they get away with this? Why are we allowing it? Why aren’t we the people standing up for the children and the elderly and the disabled? Why are we allowing these people to continue the abuse unabated? When did this all become okay? When and why did we stop protecting the most vulnerable members of our society?
When did respect for the elderly stop? When did it become okay to disrespect the elderly and ignore their wishes, as if what they say and how they feel and what they want is meaningless? When did it become okay for children to disrespect their parents and steal from them and verbally abuse them and refuse to help them? When did it become okay for strangers–lawyers, judges, social workers, hospital staff, court personnel, nursing home owners, police officers and agency employees, the very people who are supposed to be protecting and watching out for the elderly– when did it become okay for these people to force the elderly to live in institutions against their will, to steal their homes and assets, to rape their bodies and estates, to medicate them with drugs to keep them complacent? When did it become okay to isolate the elderly from their families and deny them their rights to see their children and friends and loved ones? When did it become okay for judges and lawyers to deny the right of a wife to kiss and hug her husband? When did it become okay for these officers of the court to deny the right of children to hold their mother’s hand? The answer is never; it has never been okay.
So when and why were the God-given rights of all people removed? Who did this? Who allowed it? The answer is we did. We allowed it. We allowed it by refusing to speak up against this type of tyranny, by pretending it didn’t exist, by not responding to pleas for help from those crying out to us. Those of us who are speaking out against it are still being ignored by the mainstream media. Money and power are two reasons. They are also afraid of retaliation from the judges of this country because somewhere along the line, judges were given God like powers. We need to remember that judges are people, no different from you and me, no different from the children and the elderly and the disabled that are part of our society. No one has the right to arbitrarily destroy the lives of people. They do it because they can.
We need to take back our power, and remove the power from people who abuse it. When will you speak up? Will you speak up before they come for you?
There are good and honest and ethical judges and lawyers in this country. My question to all of you is this: When will you speak up and do what is necessary to turn the tide of abuse? When will you do the job that you took an oath to do? When will you speak up? Will you speak up before they come for you?
We can fix this, before it’s too late, because we can.
- Judge David L. Knutson “Seals” Case (carvercountycorruption.com)
- Caregiver Accused of Abusing the Elderly (wreg.com)
- Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse (sbstardust3.wordpress.com)
- WHEN WILL family abusers be brought to justice alongside the Professional Abusers (SS, Cafcass, judges, solicitors)? (punishmentwithoutcrime.wordpress.com)
- Involvement is first step to help prevent elderly abuse (hamptonroads.com)
- Sick Child Abuse Advocacy Group Move a Step Forward in the Battle to Legalise Paedophilia (oneworldchronicle.com)
- Proposed Florida law on elderly is anti-marriage (miamiherald.com)