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Penn State’s Dirty Hands

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Penn State Scandal

What would you do if someone grabbed your cash filled wallet and took off running? What if it was your brand new smart phone that got snatched right out of your hand? Would you stay quiet because you were embarrassed or would you react? Most likely, you’d start yelling and make a scene. You might even rally enough courage up to go kick the crap out of that person and defend your stuff. Would you call the police or let them go with a warning? It’s amazing what we will do to protect things that are valuable to us.

Now imagine walking in on someone being sexually inappropriate with a random child. I ask again, would you stay quiet or would you react? Would you call the police or let them go? What if it was your child?

From the high ranking officials all the way to the janitors at Penn State, responsibility was passed around like a hot potato. No one wanted to get their hands dirty. I wonder if the reactions to the abuse would have been the same if the victims were the men’s sons or grandchildren. Would they have waited until the following day to tell their superiors? Would they have still allowed Coach Sandusky to keep his job? How creepy, yet appropriate for his published book to be titled “Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story.”

Sandusky may be the only one legally guilty of the abuse, but every single person who had any knowledge of the situation, and didn’t call the police, is morally guilty. Their silence aided him in every single subsequent act of rape and abuse that occurred after they knew what was happening.
A span of 13 years, a possible 10 victims later, all trampled down “The Second Mile”, his organization meant to help underprivileged children. Why? Because no one wanted to cause problems for someone they respected. People didn’t want to get involved. Do kids not deserve the same reaction most of us would give to our stolen wallets? If you know that a child is being sexually abused and you don’t call the police, you are giving your permission for abuse to continue. Period.

I hope that this awful situation will cause people to take moral inventory on themselves. We all have a responsibility to do what is right in every situation.

“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.” -Joe Paterno

A Grilled Cheese Beat Obama

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Obama vs Grilled Ches

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Well, at least it’s supposed to be. President Obama even signed an official proclamation that it is. However, news reporters have announced that it’s National Grilled Cheese Month. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good grilled cheese sandwich with a hot cup of coffee just like anyone else with working taste buds. However, I think it speaks volumes to why there are so many abused children. It’s much easier to eat a sandwich then talk about abuse.

Did you know that around 85% of abusers are a child’s family acquaintance, or a relative? Call me crazy, but I think that lesson on stranger danger just got cancelled out. Talk to your kids! You’ll teach them how to brush their teeth, pick up toys, and look for cars before they cross the street. They are like little sponges that will soak up whatever information you give them.

So here is my solution for April: Make a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches and share them with your kids while you let them know that they can trust you and tell you anything. They will get it.

Link to the official Presidential Proclamation

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