Blind rage.

I will ask your forgiveness in advance for what could be profanity-laced rant about the sexual abuse of young boys scandal at Penn State.  I just don’t know where to start.  My head aches.  My heart aches.  When I read the accounts of what Jerry Sandusky did to those little boys I just can’t wrap my head around how NO ONE made sure that something was done to stop this!!  When I read the Grand Jury report of the eye witness accounts of him sodomizing a little boy, I can’t understand how they didn’t run over and beat the shit out of this man with their bare hands?  That is what I would have done – I think I would have lost my mind if I had walked in on that.  I would be in jail because the blind rage that would have come over me would have wanted to kill the man.

What was missing in these 12+ people who KNEW that these young boys were being abused and stood by and let it happen?  How could they have buried those images so deep that years could pass and they could stay silent?  What kind of a society have we become that can value the “reputation” of a school or football program over the lifelong emotional and physical damage that was done to these boys?

Sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse on children cannot be a dark, dirty little secret.  My resolve to start 2012 with the Uniform Project for Voices for Children of Tampa Bay couldn’t be stronger.  I woke up in the middle of the night right after I had posted my commitment to do this project wondering how I could commit myself to being photographed every day when a) I was disgusted with how much weight I have gained and b) I HATE having my picture taken?  I no longer care about either of those issues.  It’s not about me.  It’s about these boys and the countless other children who suffer from all forms of abuse.


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