From Penn State to Syracuse to the AAU, accusations of sexual abuse of minors by authority figures in organized sport have been flying in recent weeks. While I’m glad the initial charges against Jerry Sandusky have evidently given other alleged victims the strength to speak out about their own incidents of abuse, and that the veracity of these claims is being investigated formally in every instance, I continue to be mortified by the very thought that these coaches, teachers, and mentors to young people could have perpetrated such heinous crimes, and allegedly over years if not decades of time.
Here’s hoping the victims and families affected by these scandals see justice done, and that from all of these nightmares come reforms in how college and amateur sports are supervised so that more children aren’t subjected to the horrors alleged in the Sandusky/Penn State and Fine/Syracuse cases, and that other closet abusers will be brought out into the light as is now happening with the former head of the AAU.
There should never be a statute of limitations on child rape. There’s certainly no limit to the damage it causes to the child.