Thousands of Students Riot Over Firing of Child Rapist’s Protector - sounds horrible.
Most of us would strongly agree that child abuse, especially sexual abuse ruins many lives, the victim, the parents of the victim and, when discovered, the family of the monsters who abused an innocent child.
Because this type of abuse is so devastating for all involved, we as a society must do all that we can to prevent it.
So that is why we call on those that learn of the abuse to come forward immediately and DEMAND strong action be taken. What if it were your child? Could you just sit by and watch people who knew or should have known and not say "you did not do enough?"
Then add the name Joe Paterno and all "hell" breaks out. Let me begin by saying I have no personal animosity to Mr. Paterno and he seems truly remorseful. Mr.Paterno said:
He was "absolutely devastated" by the case, in which his one-time heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years, including at the Penn State football complex.It actually saddens me to think of someone who has otherwise lead such a distinguished career to have to leave in such way.
HOWEVER, we as a society have no room for anyone who learns of such abuse to remain silent and not demand answers from law enforcement.
By all accounts Mr.Paterno did report to his seniors, but is that enough? Ask yourself how you would feel if it were your child or grandchild.
It is time that as a society we once and for all say NO to child sexual abuse. And that cannot happen until the "protectors", those who fail to report to police, do not step up and demand answers.
It is a travesty and crime what happened to those young boys at Penn State. Mr. Paterno has said he is devastated by the allegations and I believe him.
HOWEVER, this is a call to arms to anyone how has seen or may suspect such abuse to pursue by whatever means available legal review of the allegations.
When we do less, we all become ENABLERS to such crimes.
So to those students protesting, I can only say your anger is misdirected. Think first of the children. Mr. Paterno will survive and go on. What of the victims and their families? Where are your priorities? Football or horrific sexual abuse of children?
College is a time to grow up. Grow up.