Not being about to believe or even imagine someone could commit this or that crime has hampered many an investigation. Also the fear of being an accessory can lead people to keeping crimes committed by others a secret. A good example of this is the cover-up of paedophiles by the church and in children's homes. It has all gone on for centuries and was acceptable practice until recently - acceptable to those condoning or indulging in it, that is. Where children should be able to expect kindness, respect and protection, they are subjected to the perverse desires of criminals. In one in four private homes (a conservative estimate) the children are physically, mentally and/or sexually abused. Partners keep quiet about it in order not to lose status, financial security and - even more shocking - respectability. Innocent parties turn a blind eye to or do not even realise what is going on. Relatives are protected from the law. Children cannot cry for help because they are made to feel guilty by the guilty.
How the handsome Yenadizze
Danced at Hiawatha's wedding;
How the gentle Chibiabos,
He the sweetest of musicians,
Sang his songs of love and longing;
How Iagoo, the great boaster,
He the marvellous story-teller,
Told his tales of strange adventure,
That the feast might be more joyous,
That the time might pass more gayly,
And the guests be more contented.
Sumptuous was the feast Nokomis
Made at Hiawatha's wedding;
All the bowls were made of bass-wood,
White and polished very smoothly,
All the spoons of horn of bison,
Black and polished very smoothly.
She had sent through all the village
Messengers with wands of willow,
As a sign of invitation,
As a token of the feasting;
And the wedding guests assembled,
Clad in all their richest raiment,
Robes of fur and belts of wampum,
Splendid with their paint and plumage,
Beautiful with beads and tassels.
First they ate the sturgeon, Nahma,
And the pike, the Maskenozha,
Caught and cooked by old Nokomis;
Then on pemican they feasted,
Pemican and buffalo marrow,
Haunch of deer and hump of bison,
Yellow cakes of the Mondamin,
And the wild rice of the river.