Comment 120402

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted November 04, 2016 at 12:08:19

Even the most distracted of adult "distracted walkers" is still an adult and has greater street survival skills than a perfectly normal child. This is where victim-blaming reaches its disgusting worst: in those who attempt to justify terrorizing innocent children off the streets.

As a Canadian Army veteran, I am reminded of what is perhaps the most famous Canadian photograph of the Second World War, Wait for me, Daddy!. In October 1940, this photograph was seen as emblematic of the trauma of families separated by war. The Government of Canada has issued a stamp and a coin based upon the image. The government of British Columbia hung a copy of that photograph in every classroom in that province during the Second World War.

But today? Let's face it: Today that child would be victim-blamed for being crushed and killed by some car driver.

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