For the majority of my life, I have been an advocate for protecting children from sexual abuse and helping those who have been hurt by predators.
So, when the Penn State scandal emerged, I nearly lost it. I wasn't surprised. But, I was devastated.
One night in the living room through tears, I told my husband that this culture of silence has got to end.
At what point is it acceptable to be aware of abuse and to choose to either not "out" it to the proper authorities or to share it with someone and know that nothing has really been done to end it?
Throughout the history of the world, women and children have been raped and preyed upon because they are vulnerable and weak. Once the crime has been committed, those victims often crawl away in shame and humiliation devastated by what has happened, but often resolute to keep it a secret. Will they be considered damaged goods? Will anyone care? Did they ask for it? Are the consequences greater if they open their mouth?
I am convinced that the greatest moral imperative on this earth is the truth. If you know of an action that is hurting another, you have a responsibility to keep opening up your mouth until not only someone listens...but someone does something to end it.
Silence is deadly...cowardice...and wrong. Take a stand. Choose to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves. If you don't, we all suffer.