Saturday, May 30, 2009

Teen male suspected of kidnapping was really a Good Samaritan

As you read on, try to imagine how this story would play out if the young man had been a young woman.

Below this comment is a news story that's sort of a Rorschach inkblot of our hysterical, suspicious, anti-male culture. It's about a 19-year-old guy -- a prime age for scary predators, wouldn't you agree? -- who saw a little girl eating sand. Concerned for her well-being, the young man immediately took her by the hand to lead her to her mother. A neighbor, suspecting the worst, alerted the girl's father about this monster, and the father called the police. Police promptly arrived and cuffed the teen. However, they soon discovered that the teen was actually a Good Samaritan, not a child predator.

OK, maybe it really did look all too suspicious without knowing the facts. And maybe there wasn't time to check out this young man's intentions.

But somehow I can't escape the thought that if the 19-year-old had been a woman instead of a guy, the police wouldn't have been called; the neighbor would have investigated without alarming everyone; and the do-gooder wouldn't have been humiliated the way this well-intentioned young man was.

Somehow I can't escape the thought that the concerned neighbor and the girl's father would have given a female a little more leeway. (And, yes, I know, the ones who jumped to the false conclusion were men. That doesn't excuse it.)

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the same sort of guilty-until-proven innocent hysteria that allows rape accusers to effectively ruin the lives of innocent men and boys. It's a manifestation of prejudging a person based on his gender. The exact same event would be viewed very differently if the guy had been a woman -- a Rorschach inkblot of a society in the serious grip of misandry.


Would-be abductor really a Good Samaritan: cops

A 19-year-old man accused of trying to abduct a four-year-old girl from a northside home yesterday morning was really just a Good Samaritan trying to help, cops say.

Police were called to the area of 129 B Avenue and 92 Street around 11:30 a.m. after a report of a man who allegedly watched some children play, then took one by the hand.

"Next thing I know the woman from next door is saying 'Hey, some guy just tried to take your daughter,' " the child's father told CTV Edmonton. "He had come up, had her hand and was trying to take her out of the back yard."

The man took off, with the father - who called 911 - hot on his heels. Cops caught up with the man and cuffed him.

However, by last night, police realized the man was no bad guy at all.

According to EPS spokesman Karen Carlson, he saw the little girl eating sand, and concerned for her well-being, took her by the hand and knocked on her home's back door to alert the mother - and that's when the confusion began.

He was released from custody without any charges around 10:15 p.m. last night.