The news is full of stories about the child abuse scandal at Penn State. Everyone is outraged and rightfully call for answers as to how these things could happen. ESPN, Fox Sports and all the major news organizations have led their broadcast with this story. They all seem to say the same thing. They are alarmed this could happen, and can’t believe that the University is more concerned with its football program than the tragedy of these victims. Though they say the story is not about football, but the story they tell is dominated by football. They are interested in this story because a legendary football coach is being taken down by his lack of action. Students riot in front of Joe Paterno’s home, and the story is still what is this going to do to Paterno’s legacy or Penn States football program. As almost an aside. at the end they say, and oh yah those “poor victims.” Where is our moral outrage about chidren’s sexual abuse period!!! Shouldn’t we be screaming in the streets about these statistics?
2011 CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER STATISTICS (January through June) 3
Among the over 141,000 children served by Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country from January through June 2011, some startling statistics include:
53,932 children were ages 0 to 6 years
51,196 children were ages 7 to 12 years
36,131 children were ages 13 to 18 years
95,120 children reported sexual abuse
25,414 children reported physical abuse
88,312 children participated in forensic interviewing at a Children’s Advocacy Center
Let’s be honest, I wouldn’t be writing the blog and the news wouldn’t be camped out at Penn State, if this didn’t effect football. I ask myself where is my outrage for these chidren every single day? Is 300,000 abuse cases tolerable but boy if it gets to 300,001/year then I’m going to start screaming about this then. The Lord said, where your treasure is so there is your heart. I guess the daily outrage for us Christian Americans is we’ve had enough of the government taking our money and we’re not going to take it anymore!! People are camping out and showing their outrage about Wall streets greed and the governments mis-use of our money. I guest that says something about our treasure in America. When did money replace our children as our treasure? Jesus also said, “woe to those who are a stumbling block to these little one’s.” God have mercy on us!! Our outrage is centered in keeping more of our money, while more and more Americans have slipped below the poverty level than ever before. We scream “No new taxes,” but we are on the edge of saying to our elderly fend for yourself the money you paid for medicair and medicaid is not going to be available to you now because it causes us dis-comfort. 60,000 children are abused monthly but God forbid Penn State’s football program gets a black eye. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.