The victim's willingness and ability to report a crime is even more difficult if the alleged abuser is someone important or famous. It's for this reason that many victims do not come forward until years later -- long after a statute of limitations has run out.
The recent child sexual abuse allegations involving Jerry Sandusky have opened up the floor for many to debate whether or not laws should require all adults to report known or suspected cases of child abuse.
Even though so many women are affected by the pain of rape and sexual assault, it took a star-studded case to bring the issue of rape to the forefront of American interest.
The cruel, cold months of December and January bring warmth to the hearts of college football fans everywhere -- but only if their Division I team is involved in one of the thirty-five scheduled "major" college bowl games.
It's not just colleges, or sports, or the Catholic Church. To make sure that parents and children are not afraid, we need to reconsider and reconfigure the norms in every institution that they participate in.
The usual gang of idiots over at MAD Magazine is releasing their annual list of the stupidest people, events, and things of the year next week and we have an advanced look.
Abuse of power is an age-old story. But those who wield their authority over a child for sexual pleasure are in a whole other category entirely. How do you effectively teach a young child to respect their elders, yet be continually alert for transgressions?
There is a tremendous opportunity to learn from the horrific allegations coming from the Penn State incident to better protect our children from pedophiles who use their reputation and professional standing to sexually abuse children.
Be prepared for a full-fledged onslaught of image-enhancing and fund-raising advertisements across all traditional platforms -- plus an upsurge of banner ads, web videos and a multiplicity of 'social media' messaging in the digital space.
While the rest of the world speeds ahead of us academically on the secondary level and countries like China concentrate on creating their own MITs and Stanfords, our best state universities have created a fratty, patriarchal sports culture that is often antithetical to good citizenship.
What's the main takeaway from the Penn State child abuse horror? For me it's all about taking a hard look at our accepted priorities -- at what's at the top of our societal list in terms of what matters.
When sex is hidden in the shadows -- when it's something you can't talk about (but you can brag about) -- it easily becomes one more tool of domination, wrapped in an unspeakable shame that preserves its secrecy.
Can any trial jury selected to decide this case conceivably find Jerry Sandusky not guilty given what the public already has learned from the clearly incendiary grand jury report?
Two-thirds of the American public thought the manner in which Penn State handled the recent child sexual abuse controversy was similar to how the Catholic Church handled its child sexual abuse controversies.
Although there are many similarities between the church and Penn State there is one significant difference. The era of sexual abuse of children at Penn State has almost certainly come to an end. Can that be said for the Church?
Over the past several weeks of the Penn State scandal, I have been astonished by the number of people who failed to do the right thing. I'm fairly convinced the reason is because each of them found the right thing hard to do.