Belief Beat

I haven’t been covering the Jerry Sandusky child-rape allegations, because it’s not a faith-related story, unless you count the Penn State football=religion, Joe Paterno=God perspective. But other religion reporters disagree, and of course there are obvious comparisons to how the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal was mishandled for years.

Some of the headlines:

I also think the debate over the gender of the victims makes an interesting point, though it’s cold comfort to speculate that an abuser might get stopped sooner if he raped girls instead of boys. Plus, this story (from veteran religion reporter Melissa Nann Burke) about a beloved Delaware football coach who molested teenaged girls for years begs to differ!

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