John Tuttle on The Modern Outbreak of Sexual Assault

Imagine you’re a mom situated in your airplane seat, your child seated beside you. You’re a little cramped but otherwise content with your current position. A while ago, you went through the typical hassle of customs and filing onto the plane. Now you have the chance to sit back and forget about your troubles for a bit. Then something almost unthinkable starts happening.

The man sitting adjacent to you starts touching you – in public and in the midst of a congested cloud of other people. You’re uncomfortable and push his hands away from you. In response, the man’s tactics only become more pervasive and invasive. He starts clutching at you between your legs, and you spurn his gesture once more, demanding he knock it off.

It is a very bold and disturbing invasion of another’s privacy, really a reduction of another’s humanity into an objectification and isolation of the body. Certainly, it would alarm any of us who had experienced it. For one woman, as she was flying to Charlotte, NC, to Salt Lake City last week, the above scenario was all too real.

Eventually, upon reporting the incident, the woman and her daughter who accompanied her were given different seating accommodations. Due to this assault, the plane made an unanticipated stop in Tulsa to deliver the offender to the authorities. There the airport police filed a charge of intoxication against James Clayton Cholewinsky-Boy, the man accused of the harassment during the flight. Following this, the FBI stepped in and brought a sexual contact complaint against Cholewinsky-Boy. The accused is 32 years old.

Earlier this year, the FBI also provided reports concerning the numbers involved in instances of sexual assault on airline flights. As of 2018, there has been an increase in reported assault over the previous four years. An official from the agency said there are probably a host of other situations, similar to the Cholewinsky-Boy case, which occur but never get reported.

Should this surprise us? No. Despite the atrociousness of these acts, they are not unfamiliar to those who pay attention to what is going on in the world today. Scandal within the Catholic Church. Allegations against athletes and politicians. The substantial chronicles of repulsive, tyrannical advances from Harvey Weinstein upon various actresses. Acts of sexual abuse and assault are ever on the rise while the individual’s view of self and of others is on a steady descent into the pit of moral oblivion.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Tuttle