THERE are a lot of stories published by the media about people who are sexually abusing young girls and sometimes young boys through experiments with sex.
There is need to send a message to potential sex criminals about the seriousness of sexual offences and how they can ruin the victimsâ€™ lives.
The story we have today, headlined, â€œMan jailed 3 yearsâ€, of a man who was caught red handed having sex in the toilet with his parentsâ€™ tenantâ€™s 12-year-old daughter shows the danger that lies in abusing young people.
It is a good thing the justice system is now sending people to jail for having sex with minors â€“ which used to be rightly referred to as â€œStatutory RAPEâ€.
It is rape when a grown man has sex with a 12-year-old defenceless girl.
It is rape because there is no way a child can consent to do things as grave as having sex in a toilet.
There are many strange and unfortunate stories that are happening in our society and they keep occurring too rapidly to ignore.
The fact that a lot of the victims are minors who are defenseless makes most of these sexual offenses evil.
To leave all the adult women â€“ many of whom are desperate for men and some of whom even prostitute for a living â€“ and abuse helpless minors is to be the worst criminal.
It is good the justice system is sterner on these criminals.
In the past, men who were found guilty of having sexual intercourse with minors were sentenced to community service or suspended jail sentences and they never got to spend a night in jail.
Many sick men probably saw how lenient the judgments were on statutory rapists that they have gone to abuse young girls ready to perform community service, if caught.
It is a good thing something is now being done to put an end to statutory rape and the 3-year sentence is a good place to start.
The policeâ€™s call for parents and guardians to report sexual abuses taking place in families to fight against rape cases involving relatives must also be taken seriously.
Members of the public must respond to the call to support police operations in fighting crime.
The crimes that have tormented the countryâ€™s citizens happen to members of the public and are witnessed by the same.
Eye witnesses must also be willing to help and to testify against sex criminals because to be able to give the community the best possible service, the community itself . . . has a moral obligation to offer maximum co-operation and assistance.
We need a society and a justice system that says no to sex with minors, consensual or not.