Nearly half of the men asked whether they would help a needy child said they would be too scared of being branded a paedophile to do so.
The survey, conducted by a UK charity, found 44% of men questioned reported they would be too scared of the potential for being branded a child molester or kidnapper to help a child.
On top of this a third of both men and women would be afraid of the child itself, in case it became violent or abusive, a realistic fear for many in the UK’s rotten inner city areas.
38% of parents with young children also reported they believed it was “common” for children to be snatched off the streets by malevolent strangers, suggesting the fears of men are far from groundless.
Throughout much of the world it seems public and police both increasingly presume any contact, no matter how innocent, by an adult male with a child other than his own to be nascent child abuse, a presumption sometimes extended even to daughters.