The truth about Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State football program has finally come out. In June, the former coach was convicted of sexually abusing boys over a 15-year period. More disturbing, however, was the 267-page internal review released July 12th which revealed the Penn State football program and upper-level administration going out of their way to cover up these awful crimes.
The modus operandi to look the other way while children were sexually assaulted by Sandusky was followed from top to bottom, from the senior leadership of Penn State to the janitors who actually witnessed some of the abusive acts. There was a culture of denial at Penn State that allowed a pedophile to thrive and children to be harmed.
What is even more alarming is that this culture of denial not only exists in Penn State, but in our society at large. It exists in every American who is willing to look the other way when children are being sexually abused. It is in every individual who turns a blind eye to the problems of child abuse, pedophilia and child sex trafficking.
Statistics tell us that sexually abused children are 11 times more likely to be victims of human trafficking. Domestic minor sex trafficking is happening all around us but we often choose not to see it.
Just as work is underway at Penn State to expel the people and eradicate the systems that allowed for child sex abuse to continue there for decades, the Araminta Freedom Initiative is working to eradicate the cultural systems that allow child sex trafficking to continue in our own Baltimore neighborhoods.
Our children must be protected. This culture of denial must end. We as a society must wake up to the harm that is being done to the next generation. Our future depends on it.
If you want to join Araminta in fighting for our children, start here:
Mark Stephenson, Church Engagement Coordinator