Sorry. I was a kid in the 50's and there were no inhibitions of any kind on reporting anybody who was behaving improperly. And we did. And I think we had a much better sense of what was right and wrong too, and we were perhaps more naturally inhibited from getting into compromising situations just because of a strong sense of right and wrong. Prudish? Perhaps some of it was. But in a day where abortion was mostly illegal and the schools would never pass out (or even discuss) condoms, teenage pregnancy and/or STD was extremely rare and, as I said, we were safe.
Foxfyre, I find this response-- which you made in the context of the sexual abuse of children, particularly troubling.
First, you seem to be denying that sexual abuse was a significant problem in the 1950's.
This discounts the painful experiences and the brave actions of victims of sexual abuse in your generation-- some of whom, by bravely speaking up, have changed society for the better and probably saved countless kids the pain of living in a society that didn't deal with uncomfortable problems.
Second, you are discounting the important work that has been done in the past few decades to address and counter the problem of sexual abuse.
The fact is that before the social reforms in the 1970s, no one spoke about sexual abuse-- even though, based on the experiences of your peers, it was a painful problem for far too many kids.
Bringing this problem out into the open meant removing the stigma for victims. The problem is still with us, but kids are far less vulnerable and when they are victims, families and victims have many more resources to turn to.