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Why men shouldn't volunteer with children

a href=”http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2009/07/24/why_men_shouldn.html”Amy Alkon:/a “You’re a guy and you want to “give back”? Keep away from the kiddies or you could lose everything you have.” Amy says this because of a href=”http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.2610″a post by Wendy McElroy:/abr /br /blockquoteI haven’t been able to get Anthony J. Tripoli out of my mind. He is the 69-year-old man I wrote about in a July 19th blog post. He was a volunteer who tutored children one-on-one in reading skills at a public school in Florida. Based on the testimony of an 8-year-old girl and without any supporting evidence whatever, he was given a life sentence for allegedly touching her in an inappropriate — that is, a sexual — manner. In reading the news story, I thought the man was probably innocent and a victim of the public/legal hysteria that surrounds the issues of children and sex./blockquote br /br /I must say it makes me both sad and angry that this is the case. Having worked with numerous kids and teens over the course of my career, many could have used some male influence. But this is the sad new reality.