Penn State, pedophilia, silence and restitution

Nov 16, 2011 by

By Tom Watkins – All proceeds earned by the Penn State football program for the remainder of this year and next, (bowl games and all) should be donated to: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (you can donate at RAINN.)

This organization should assure the proceeds go to help the boys (and their families) that were abused — no, lets call it what it was; sexually assaulted.

Prior to each Penn State football game the crowd should bow their heads in memory of the children who were abused while adults looked the other way and remained silent.

Consider this a small down payment on the restitution owed to these innocent boys for Penn State’s failure to act. There is not enough money in the world to restore what was stolen from these kids.

Edmund Burke, the great political writer and statesman who believed that political, social and religious institutions “represented the wisdom of the ages,” captured the heart of this scandal best when he said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Imagine, just for a second, that it was your 10-year-old son being raped by a “trusted coach”… and people justlooked the other way!

Penn State officials, from the president and coach on down, failed to act as children were allegedly assaulted and abused by Jerry Sandusky

If there is a worse sin and crime, I am at a loss to think of it.

It appears Penn State maintained a code of silence and covered up for a sin “unforgivable” as anything I know — raping children.

People who sexually abuse children are as sick and evil as they are criminal. People who shield and cover up for criminals are charged with obstruction of justice.

Lessons learned

There are lessons in this sordid story for all organizations. The truth has a way of eventually coming out and the silence or cover-up becomes worse than the original problem. (Richard Nixon and Kwame Kilpatrick come to mind).

This truly is a story of a deep failure at a place of learning.

The individual who perpetuated these crimes and all who helped cover them up by looking the other way, or by not taking direct action, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There should be no statute of limitations to prevent such prosecution.

Remember, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

We all have a responsibility to do something.

Donate: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Send donations to .

Tom Watkins is a former Michigan state superintendent of schools and mental health director. He can be reached at:

via WATKINS: Penn State, pedophilia, silence and restitution – Opinion – Press and Guide.

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