Letter to the editor | We’re all responsible

November 13, 2013 

As the anniversary of the Sandusky indictment approached, I pondered many questions anew.

I’ve never been able reconcile the circumstances surrounding Joe Paterno. What is the truth? Is he guilty? Am I blind?

Yes, I am. We are all blind, and Paterno was, too. This isn’t about defending Paterno.

The truth is that we expected a champion for abused children in a country that is blind and silent.

One in five girls and one in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.

That’s disgusting.

Have you ever reported the sexual abuse of a child? Abuse is everywhere; why don’t you do something? The truth is difficult.

We see through the scope of what we already know to be true about these predators and cannot see this terrible truth around us.

Victims and families shouldn’t feel ashamed, but they often do. We don’t know how to encourage and support them. Most of us have no idea what we can do to change this horrific epidemic.

The discussion should move on to criticism of our own collective inaction.

Many have proclaimed what they would have done, and yet blindness and inaction prevail. If you know a child, you have a responsibility.

Do you know the signs of abuse in a child or the characteristics of a predator?

It’s time to dole out a heavy dose of responsibility. It belongs to all of us.

Greta Halahan, Lebanon

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