Now we have talking heads and pundits demanding that Penn State university cancel the remainder of their football season because a former football coach allegedly committed sexual assaults on children inside football locker rooms or showers, and people associated with the team may have known about at least one of these assaults and failed to appropriately notify law authorities.
Certainly, there is not much of a defense for Penn st. personnel, it would seem. But cancel the remainder of the football season? Are the 90 some members of the football team guilty of anything ? Not that I have heard. Are the dozens of vendors who make or supplement their living working at these games guilty of anything? Is the Univ of Nebraska and the other upcoming opponents guilty of anything?
A media frenzy has engulfed this situation, and while it is certainly an extremely serious set of allegations about Penn St. conduct, and particularly in the case of the perp, ex coach Jerry Sandusky and those who may have had knowledge of child sex abuse by Sandusky, this frenzy is out of touch with reality. An estimated ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND children are sexually abused in the United States every year. Where the hell is all this media outrage the other 51 weeks of the year? After all, there are 3000 children being sexually abused , on average, in each and every one of those weeks.
The Penn St situation is a drop in the bucket, but more than that is being presented by the media as sensationalist tabloid 'journalism'.
Leave the damn football team alone, and let's have a crusade to educate children how to protect themselves from sexual abuse and how to report those who do take advantage of them, be they uncles, cousins, teachers, coaches, or priests and ministers.