In the Penn State abuse scandal, how could an institution be put ahead of children?

Jul 12, 2012 by

Tom Watkins – Weeks back a jury confirmed what everyone’s gut told them — Jerry Sandusky is guilty and now convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and awaits sentencing. He will be punished.

We all have a responsibility to protect children. At Penn State “responsible” adults deliberately hid facts about Sandusky’s sexually predatory behavior over the years and by active neglect allowed children to be abused.

The children assaulted by Sandusky and Penn State will suffer throughout their lives. Together they gave children a life sentence of pain and shame.

There are unforgivable sins. Sexually abusing a child is one. So, too, is looking the other way or covering up crimes.

Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach under legendary head coach Joe Paterno, will pay with the loss of his freedom for the evil he perpetrated on children.

Others need to pay as well.

Penn State brought in an investigative group headed Louis Freeh, a former FBI director and federal judge to seek the truth on how the university handled the molestation accusations against Sandusky.

What they found is sick. “Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims,” said Freeh. He continues, “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

via Guest commentary: In the Penn State abuse scandal, how could an institution be put ahead of children? | Commentary | Detroit Free Press |

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