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My story is simple and not really serious, but I find it alarming.
One morning, as I had almost reached the Schaerbeek station, I saw a group of children (4 boys) having fun breaking empty beer bottles that had been left on the bench the night before. They must have been about 10 to 12 years old. In a good mood, and finding their innocence both endearing and dangerous, I advised them to be careful not to cut themselves. They answered me kindly and sincerely (of that, I’m sure) “yeees”.
Suddenly, a child whispered something to another and their looks changed completely. He approached me, looked at me straight in the eye and said: “By the way, d’you suck dicks, slut?” Stunned, I just kept walking without answering while they laughed, congratulating each other.
Two things scare me in this story.
1: None of them found this strange or shocking, only natural. These words spoken so confidently, where did they hear them? How did those young children come to be proud of what they’ve done? Does this mean that even young children have already gone wrong? (I cannot find a more accurate expression) In short, our society is scary, allowing children to be brought up that way.
2 : I didn’t answer anything. I left, shocked, feeling guilty for not reacting, and feeling dirty. They came out very happy and feeling strong. I was 18 at that time, and they were 12. When I am 22, they will be 16. I did not say anything to let them know that what they are doing is wrong. When they become 16, what will they do? They probably won’t stop at just calling someone a “slut”.
I fear for the future of these children…
Victoria. (Schaerbeek, Bruxelles)
Original story in French. Translated into English by Turi = Our Heroine of the Day!!!
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