A young girl is drug behind a dumpster unconscious and raped. Two bicyclist stop the attack and run down the assailant. Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonnson, thank you for being the heroes in this travesty of justice.
In the wake of such horror, I think it is vital as parents to focus on what kind of character it takes to raise up young men who will honor women rather than victimize.
That’s the first thing I want all six of my boys to be. I want my boys to grow up loving and kind to women but I want them to see their first role as someone who should always be ready, willing, and able to protect.
I pray my boys grow up being vigilant over their sisters or their friends who are young girls, even complete strangers. I pray that when their sisters and peers are with my boys, they always feel safe.
I sincerely hope with every bone in my body that all of my boys are trustworthy. That when they grow big and strong, people know that if a Reback boy said it, it’s got to be true. If something went missing, it surely wasn’t a Reback. And most of all, I pray that when any one of my six sons spot a special girl and they want to spend time getting to know her, that their father and I will have helped forge them into young men who are trustworthy and honor the girls that they maintain friendships/relationships with.
Too many times as parents we focus solely on the things we don’t want our kids to be…
The long list of undesirable character traits can be dizzying. But in the wake of this week’s travesty of justice as it relates to Brock Allen Turner and his 6 months jail sentence for a violent raping of a young girl who was unconscious, I think it is time as parents we all stop concentrating on raising children who are NOT deceitful, angry, disrespectful and lustful….
But to focus on teaching our boys the desired heart motives, and the wanted character traits we hope our young men will be known by.
I’m praying for you moms and dads. I’m praying for every one of us. I’m praying we raise the kind of young men who protect, who are vigilant, who are trustworthy, and who will STOP any attack from happening even remotely close to their presence because of the strength and leadership our young men possess.