I’ve read the Grand Jury report on the indictment for former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past few days thinking about what has happened and the darkness of the entire situation. I’m torn on how things with Paterno should have been handled. This evening it’s being reported that he has been fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees.
Given what has happened, I guess that was inevitable.
But regardless of what has happened, one thing remains certain:
Abuse continues. In every city, in every state, every day, abuse and molestation happens.
Penn State plays Nebraska this weekend. With the huge national story that this scandal has become, it’s tough to care about the game. On popular sports radio, I’ve heard comments like “We shouldn’t even be thinking about this game. We should be thinking about those kids who Sandusky abused.”
It’s a popular sentiment in the face of a story that any normally thinking person would find utterly detestable, but there’s also a problem with it: thinking about them accomplishes nothing!
Amid all of the anger and disgust pertaining to this entire situation, and through the self righteous indignation we feel of what we would have done in the same circumstances, there are still kids out there who are being abused and molested. Every day.
Where is that outrage about this?
Feeling disgusted is a normal reaction to stories of young boys being raped by a man who society thought was a positive role model. But just how mad does this make you?
Mad enough to make a difference?
There are things that can be done to help those who are victims of these horrible crimes. Unfortunately, it is something that happens throughout the world with staggering commonality.
A great resource and place to educate yourself is the Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute.
This isn’t an attempt to guilt people into getting involved.
There are lots of organizations with which people can connect in order to have a meaningful impact on youth from different backgrounds with different needs.
Even if you never do anything in a voluntary capacity, there is still value in continuing to educate yourself and others about these types of abuse and their warning signs.
I do realize that an individual has finite time and resources, but if this is an issue that truly resonates with you, I think there is value in exploring different avenues of taking an active role for this cause.