Big Brothers is looking for a few good men — actually a lot of good men — to mentor fatherless boys, reports Opinion Journal. They’re asking Big Sisters to help persuade men to give their time.
In Southern California, only three men volunteer to be Big Brothers for every seven women who volunteer for Big Sisters, notes Daily Pundit. He suspects men are afraid of being accused of child abuse. He notes several stories on the reluctance of men to teach elementary students for fear of child abuse accusations. From the Arizona Republic:
â€¦Scottsdaleâ€™s (Margaret) Serna said the fear of being accused of inappropriate touching or abuse has made lots of educators uncomfortable. Many administrators and teachers leave the profession out of fear of lawsuits or false accusations.
â€œA man just has to be aware of his interactions and how they are perceived,â€ Serna said. For example, in kindergarten there is a lot more nurturing and hugging. â€œYou have to be careful, and when youâ€™re a man, you have to be extra careful,â€ Serna said.
An accusation can be devastating. It’s hard to clear your name.