The severe punishments levied by the NCAA against the blatant cover-up of the sexual abuse of children at the hands of Penn State football legend Jerry Sandusky is rocking the nation.
Most of what I have read has been quite supportive of the stiff sanctions and the strong stand taken by the national sports supervisory board. Surely not many are left wondering why the statue of Joe Paterno has now been removed.
I am glad this story is inviting the public scrutiny it deserves. However, let's not fail to take advantage of one of the looming questions in each of our own lives:
Are we each prepared to deal truthfully and effectively if WE were the ones to witness the abuse of children?
It is easy in the face of this national headline to cast stones. But have you ever considered what you would do if it happened to you? What if you saw or heard something you wish you did not see?
We must spend some concerted effort to get more prepared ourselves for this. The statistics of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and pornography are staggering in our land. There is a growing likelihood that we might find ourselves in the whistleblower role!
I am working on some help for us frontline moms on this very issue. Pray that I hit this issue correctly because it sure is easier in the abstract than in the concrete!
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