At a Senate hearing earlier this month, former pro hockey player Sheldon Kennedy told his story of childhood abuse by a respected coach in Canada.
"In every case of child abuse -- certainly in my own -- there are people who had a gut feeling that something was wrong," Kennedy said, "but didn't do anything about it."
The inaction of potential whistleblowers like Penn State's Mike McQueary has become a stain on society almost as great as the egregious allegations of sexual abuse ascribed to Jerry Sandusky, Bernie Fine of Syracuse and Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News. We all want 2012 to be the year for openness, but a reality check proves it may not come so easily.
The good news: State and federal lawmakers are now considering changes to existing laws about the reporting of sexual assault and rape, requiring any adult who observes or learns of these incidents to report them to police.
The bad news: New laws don't necessarily lead to understanding or action.Full Story >>