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Choices we make dictate lives we lead

The point that peer influence can prompt adoption of a certain behavior is well taken. Agreed, herd mentality may have played a part in the horrific Delhi rape case. But to the question asked, does that make the 'influenced participant' liable for the act, is easily answered.

Absolutely yes! Let me explain.

Take the case of serial killers. The fact that most have had abused childhoods has been found in some cases to be a contributing factor to their murderous behavior. In the research paper, 'The incidence of child abuse in serial killers', Heather Mitchell & Michael J Aamodt note, 'with these considerations in mind, the prevalence of childhood abuse found among lust serial killers could be counted as a contributing factor toward creating a dysfunctional way of dealing with others, consistent with the punishment that they doled out to others. Since a portion of the murderers experienced no abuse, it may not be considered as the sole contributing factor or causal agent. Although researchers may never know all of the contributing factors for the development of serial killers, abuse must be considered.'

Consider the issue of child abuse in America. Statistics show that every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving nearly 6 million children (a report can include multiple children). In fact the US has the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five children every day due to abuse-related deaths.

Now consider Debra Luptak's story. Her's is one of surviving child abuse. In fact Debra survived probably the worst child abuse case in recorded history. 

And what about Debra now? 

Note, 'today, Debra Luptak, after having survived inhuman conditions and constant torture, is a highly successful businesswoman, the author of three books (A Survivor’s Closet, Why We Cry for a Soul Set Free, …and then There Was Light,with as many as 11 more books in the works, a life coach, and a corporate lecturer teaching others, either as individuals, or groups, what it takes to be survivors and become successful at beating the odds when the odds are stacked against you.

Her story is a very vivid example for even the most skeptical of souls that with the right thinking and determination we can not only endure adverse circumstances, but can also reach the highest of human potentials and triumph into the light from the deepest of darkness. With a strong sense of self, Debra today commands all excuses begone, defines the true meaning of extraordinary, and proves every word of her teachings with her life experience. She earned her power through discovering her personal ability, which allowed the transcendence of intense and horrific situations and circumstances, something that other motivational speakers, although greatly recognized, cannot say about their own lives. Nobody has the personal history of terror and torment that Debra Luptak does.

Debra's example shows abuse doesn't automatically mean you're condemned to live a deviant life. In my book, free will is god given and given to everyone, Meaning, we choose the lives we lead. Some of our lives are lived extraordinarily well, while others take paths that spiral downwards.

It doesn't matter whether a few of the rapists were influenced by their ring leader, because in the end each of them could have made a choice to not be party to the heinous act. Its the classic liberal argument to say, no one's to blame. Its liberals who play the victim card even when its an issue of consumption. Obesity, according to them, is McDonald's fault.

What nonsense! 

The beasts in Delhi who were party to the horrific rape deserve to be punished! Their beastly act was squarely of their doing, whether under influence or not!

I repeat, send them to the gallows!

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