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I came across a very disturbing newscast the other day regarding a trend in middle schools and high schools in California and other parts of the country. It’s about a trend called “scooping.” It basically amounts to sexual assault, although it seems to be treated as if it were just a harmless game.
Scooping is when a boy comes up behind a girl and quickly shoves his hands up the front of her shirt, grabbing her breasts, then runs away (Urban Dictionary). Watch the video below for details of one incident at a California middle school.
What is most disturbing about this is the fact that it seems to be some type of game. Labeling something a game automatically begins to (in their own minds) absolve “players” of any responsibility for their actions. Basically, it becomes an “everyone is playing it; it’s just a game; no one is getting hurt” mentality—even if their actions actually do cause harm to individuals.
I understand that kids in middle and high school are just beginning to explore their sexuality, but this is not an appropriate way to explore that curiosity. If you have a son, talk to him about sexual assault, what it is, and what it means to it’s victims. IF you have daughters, ask them about scooping, if it happens at their school, and if they have been victims. Make sure that both your daughters and sons understand that scooping is a crime and not a harmless game.
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