Letter to the editor | Time to change the culture

May 6, 2014 

As I have followed the current issue with Penn State football coach James Franklin and the young woman who allegedly was assaulted, I am struck by how the focus is about his reaching out — or not reaching out — to her.

No one seems to be talking about the problematic issue that young women are often gathered together and used as “bait” in the collegiate recruiting process.

Sadly, this issue was missed because it is such common practice. As a rule, society focuses on tragic outcomes rather than on the cultures that perpetuate them.

Why aren’t we outraged that “15 pretty girls” were “recruited” to help draw potential male athletes to a program? In this case, she was used as “bait,” and people are surprised that she was assaulted. Really?

Julie States

State College

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