This has nothing to do with NaBloPoMo. This is something that is beyond serious, and that everyone needs to be aware of.
Sandusky is a child rapist. If reports of him having raped 11 children are true, then trust me–he’s raped far, far more than those 11 children. Anyone who helped protect him, whether they “reported” the abuse or not, is as liable as Sandusky. The agony those children and their families have experienced, and continue to experience, rests on their shoulders as well.
The fact that he preyed upon boys does not mean anything other than he is a pedophile who prefers boys. So people talking about lesbian softball coaches or homosexual boy scout leaders are just stupid if they think homosexuality and pedophilia/hebephilia are the same thing. They are NOT.
Consenting adults, as far as I am concerned, can do whatever they want to do in their bedrooms. Not my business. They’re free to choose for themselves, and I couldn’t care less. They can be gay, straight, bi–whatever. I don’t care. If they are responsible for themselves, and have the intellectual and emotional capacity to consent to what’s going on, more power to them.
A child cannot consent. A child does not have the knowledge and understanding the adult has. A child has no power over the adult. What an imbalance of power there is, and children trust the people who are responsible for them. An adult can rape a child, and put the unholy fear of the lord in that child by threatening his/her family, or telling the child that no one would believe him/her, or that the adult will kill the child if s/he says anything. And children believe it. And they blame themselves for the sexual abuse.
I’m getting sick just writing this; watching the news has made me want to vomit. I don’t know how Paterno can live with the knowledge of what his lack of action made happen. How does he sleep at night? How did he manage to justify it in his mind?
For the record, in the state of Texas, anyone who has cause to suspect child abuse/neglect is legally required to make a report. If someone fails to act, and it is later proven that s/he had knowledge of said abuse or neglect, charges could be filed against that person.
But it should go beyond the law. Children cannot care for themselves. They need responsible and caring adults to look after their welfare. Don’t let shit like this happen to kids who have done nothing wrong. People who prey on those weaker than themselves rarely stop at one. And one should be enough to make us stand up and say, Enough. This must stop, and it must stop now.