Purple scarfs cover the eyes of women taking part in a flash mob in front of Romania's Internal Affairs Ministry in Bucharest on March 1. About 50 women took part in the protest called 'The Rapist is You!' against sexual abuse, aggression and violence against women. (Photo: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP)
Think about it. It is amazing that one tiny, invisible smart virus, a product of evolutionary processes, still mutating and changing its profile, can avoid detection and spread itself far and wide with impunity. It is able to bring the human species to its knees, to overpower nations, halt economies, crash the stock market, stop the flow of products and goods, paralyze communities, empty malls, ground airlines, close schools and all sport gatherings.It has the power to confine millions of people to their homes, rooms, apartments and cruise ships. Thousands are in hospitals and many have died. Its power can motivate governments around the globe to take action and stop overnight the once free movements of people. It’s almost more powerful than nuclear war and we can’t even see it. We have to believe that this unseen enemy of the human race is out there, lurking and waiting to infect. It has killed 4,720 people already worldwide. Is its danger overestimated? I will get to that later.No new complicated laws are needed to control the right and freedom of citizens to travel and enjoy complete freedom of movement. But this once sacred freedom is now curtailed by instant decree. Covid-19 is king. The innocent suspects of being carriers, without medical proof, are locked up and quarantined, and in some countries they will be fined large sums of money if they do not obey. So now banning convicted pedophiles from traveling to poor countries should be easy to do. This is a proposed law I suggested and was filed by Maureen O’Sullivan before the Irish parliament. Two years and yet to be acted upon. Now, without a law, anyone with coronavirus can be stopped from traveling.
There is no known medication that will cure a person of Covid-19. Everything is being tried and a vaccine is in the works. There is talk about the seasonal influenza killing more than the 4,720 victims of Covid-19. In the United States alone, as many as 18,000 people have died from seasonal influenza since September last year, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the International Federations of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, as many as 290,000 to 650,000 die from it yearly worldwide. The fatality rate of seasonal flu is about 0.14 percent, whereas Covid-19 has a potentially higher fatality rate of about 0.2 percent.However, we have to take everything in perspective and do all that can be done to contain the spread of Covid-19 and save lives, but so much more has to be done as the world slowly awakes to the horrific prevalence and frequency of the sexual abuse of women and children. The same energy and government action used to control Covid-19 should also be deployed to stop and contain abuse of children and women.
Irish Father Shay Cullen, SSC, established the Preda Foundation in Olongapo City in the Philippines in 1974 to promote human rights and the rights of children, especially victims of sex abuse. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official editorial position of UCA News.