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:
- Penn State and Clergy Sex Abuse Parallels (Religion & Ethics Newsweekly)
- Exposing Wolves (Only) In Sacred Spaces (GetReligion)
- False Idols at Penn State and Elsewhere (GetReligion)
- Seeming parallels abound in Penn State, Catholic Church abuse scandals (CNN)
- Dawn Eden: Penn State scandal a reminder of abuse victims’ needs (Catholic News Agency)
- Catholic official: Church aims to confront abuse, work with educators after Penn State scandal (CNN)
- Penn State and Church Abuse Scandals (Episcopal Cafe)
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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