Penn State Rant

OK – I don’t usually use my blog to rant – but I have to get these thoughts out of my head and off my heart…so I apologize and give you my blessing to stop reading now.  It is solely my opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this blog….wait, that doesn’t really work here.

As the story unfolds, I become more sickened.  The victimization of children and apathy for everything but the football program truly makes me want to vomit.  And I’m sorry, but  “we took things too far – this is about victims and we’re here to support them regardless of what happens to our football coach or program.”  Well that’s mighty big of you.  Thank you.

And don’t tell me about the ‘Blue Out.’  As a former victim of child abuse, someone wearing blue would have done absolutely nothing to rescue me from my assailant.  And while it’s nice that ‘proceeds are benefiting abuse agencies’, those agencies weren’t standing in the shower while those precious lives were being robbed of their innocence.

Furthermore, how many victims won’t ever seek healing after watching idiots riot on behalf of their beloved decepticon….I mean coach.  What kind of message does it send to kids when the person covering up their abuse is lauded as a ‘person too vital to the community’ to pay the price for his silence?  Frankly, Paterno (most likely a mandated reporter) better thank his lucky stars that his job is the only thing he’s losing.

And, please tell me how can anyone – ANYONE!!! – walk in on the rape of a 10-year-old boy and a) not beat the living stars (and that’s not the word in my heart!) out of the perpetrator, b) rescue said child from the circumstance, and c) immediately go to the police??  Disgusting.

I understand there’s an ‘innocent until proven guilty’ factor here – and certainly a burden of proof that must still be met.  But in the meantime, could we actually stand-up in a meaningful way for victims of abuse?  Get your hands dirty by volunteering for agencies that meet victims’ needs – not by throwing bricks through windows.  Donate as much money to this cause as you do for your football tickets – and do it for the ‘rightness’ of it, not because you’re getting a shirt out of the deal.  Spend some time protecting an abuse victim – at least as much time as you spend defending your favorite coach.

Rant concluded – we now return you to regular blogging, already in progress.


Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

One thought on “Penn State Rant”

  1. Some really profound & deep thoughts here. Thanks for your honesty – tis good to see! Let’s keep praying for God’s justice over this difficult fallen world. … even better lets pray for Jesus to hurry up & come back!

    Thanks again.


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