Monday, July 11, 2005

Pedophilic scandals in Croatia

• Well, this is an topic that I must write about for several reasons:
• It concerns society and education
• It concern children’s with special needs
Most recent case happened to be in Pula (Istria), my hometown.
Recently many cases of pedophilia went out, maybe most exposed cases was of catholic priest’s (at least here in Croatia), but seams that such an awful sexual deviation is running rampant all over the world. Is such wide dispersion a new phenomenon, or it was always like this, only we didn’t know it?
I know that events I’m talking about are shadowed by London Bombing, but this is a regional blog, and for our region this is maybe even more important topic.
Recently two cases went out: one in caritas home in Brezovica, and other in refuge for children’s with problematic behavior in Pula. I will not go in details what has happened, but it is enough to say that some were accused for sexual violations over minors, and others for covering up the crime. It is interesting to note how organizations and institutions which should protect children’s, are often abusing their position (we can only ask our selves how many other public functions are abused for personal profit also?). And more, it has came up that many cases where known to institutions before public scandal, it is to be asked why they did not reacted before? Do we have to wait for journalists to discover what is happening around us? So we can easily come to conclusion that it is difficult to trust one’s honesty, the institutions are not performing their tasks, there are composed of corruptible people afraid for their own positions and welfare more than for fulfilling their mission.

So is any remedy here?

Yes, but people’s mind, preferences and priorities has to change. As long as we look at this world 99% materialistic, thing will not change. People that are performing such and other evil acts are nothing than a product of our civilization, out way to think, our medias and frustrations produced by everyday life.

The other part of the coin

So media has made a big rush around this two cases, many people were publicly accused and thus extruded in front of friends, relatives and community but not all of them are guilty. How will they wash their name? For a lifetime a scarf will remain. So this is the other part of the coin, where innocents are accused, and again the media here bear a great responsibility to find right balance: but borders are often overpasses, and big damage is done. I here especially refer to the case from Pula, where name of the principal Aleksandar Tašić is one of the most exposed, but it seams that he does not bear the guilt. My wife knows him from the childhood, and she knows him as very good and honest person. She can be wrong, but the charges can be wrong also. In the meanwhile, his name was spotted as also the name of many educators, which may not be guilty at also. They are described almost as insensitive animals. Some of them can be like this, but others (majority) not for shore. Who will provide them job tomorrow, if they loose this one because of bad name acquired in this situation?
Here I remember Jesus word’s: “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged”. This is second commandment, and first is also very interesting in this context: “Do not swear oaths at all. Just say Yes or No.”. So I’ve already talked too much…. Let’s say only good bye!


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