07 November, 2011

Abuse and Power

Penn State's ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested over the weekend on sex abuse allegations.

GMA reported on the story this morning.

As USAToday reported, two university officials resigned over the weekend because they helped to cover up the abuse.

The gist is this:
Sandusky, 67, faces 40 abuse charges, including 21 felonies. Sandusky ... is charged with abusing eight boys between 1994 and 2009, with some incidents said to have taken place in a Penn State athletics building. (USAToday

There were reports going back to 2002 and the university did nothing. They kept him in contact with kids. If the mothers had not brought it to light, he would still be a free man.

Bonhoeffer once said: The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
In this case, the officials of Penn State told the eight boys Sandusky abused that they were worth less than a sport's program. They said, by their decision to bury things, to protect their abuser and to cover up what he had done, that winning is more important than justice, that actions have no consequences if the abuser is powerful. The first case of abuse goes back seventeen years - that boy is now a young man and so has had to deal with the weight, shame, etc. of abuse while the man who abused him went on being powerful and rich, important, etc. all because of a game

I wish I could say this doesn't happen more. I wish I thought Sandusky was a exception, but I think too often the voice of the young, the marginalized, those we can cast aside for any reason, are silenced for really arbitrary, stupid, and shameful things.