To have reached this state of depravity didn't happen in an instant: this has been a slow-moving storm, one that some must have known was coming. The entire community needs to rally, to be looking after one another and make sure parents are raising their kids to be good citizens. In many cases it's the mothers raising the children, very often on their own and having to work excessive hours just to get by. Girls think twice before you choose to have a baby; think long and hard about the partners you choose and whether they'll be stepping up as father figures. And if you do end up a single mother, it is your DUTY to raise your child with lots of love and encouragement, good values, and close supervision. Men step up. Be a dad: be a mentor to someone who doesn't have a dad. There's a lot of inequity out there but you only hurt yourself when you make the decision to "hang" with no goals, no direction. I wear my "Mom hat" at all times and will step in when I see something that's not right. We all need to do that, for our safety as well as for a better community. Churches are a great source of support, spiritually as well as otherwise.
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