Penn State may be miles away, but the lessons that can be learned from the abuse of power and the neglect of children could be a local story. No one should take for granted the enormous responsibility the leaders of all of our schools, sports leagues, and other institutions have when it comes to protecting the children in their care. It first starts with the leadership, but it truly ends with all of us. Our leaders and those we trust to educate, train and nurture our young people must be held accountable each and every day. It is important that parents and guardians are vigilant when it comes to knowing who is teaching and leading our children. And it begins with taking action if you see something that is wrong.
We must also ask about the safeguards that are in pace to make certain that child abuse like the abuse that occurred at Penn State does not happen. But if and when it does we must speak out and the leadership must take swift, fair and certain action.
Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of adults who work with children in various fields are great at what they do, and would not tolerate the abuse of a child or young person. If the leadership at Penn State had placed the interests of the children first and the money, image and prestige second, they would have prevented decades of broken lives.
There are children right here in our community that need your help. Organizations like SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) are working hard to mend broken lives. If you would like to help or learn more, go to grscan.com.