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Posted on November 21, 2011 by Christine Crosby in child abuse, NCAA, Penn State, sexual abuse

Save My Grandkids! Morals in College Football Hit New Low

You have probably read the news that Penn State harbored a known pedophile and rapist assistant football coach for many years. Since 2002, the university administration as well as head football coach Joe Paterno knew about the man and his crimes against boys. Yet they did nothing.

What a sick society we live in.

Those of us growing up in sports know the big lie of coaches recruiting high school kids and then treating them like pieces of equipment once they sign on. The warped desire of coaches to win at all costs is the rule, not the exception. How many kids are permanently injured every year because their coach intimidates and manipulates them into playing with an injury?

This mentality is how the oldest coach in college football kept his assistant on rather than firing him. The lack of integrity of Joe Paterno and PennStateuniversity administrators started the first time the looked the other way when a player violated the law. It is a slippery slope that they have been on for years.  A winning football program brings in huge amounts of money to the university.  So they look the other way…  Just like Ursula Sunshine Assaid’s mother.

What Other Sex Crimes?

You have to wonder how many Penn State players raped coeds and had it swept under the carpet? How many other acts of perversion went on and were accepted as “boys will be boys?” When a student assistant saw the assistant coach raping a ten year old boy in the shower, why didn’t he stop it right then?

It happened because Penn State allows socially unacceptable behavior in its student athletes and athletic program. Everyone involved in the incident reacted within the accepted code of warped ethics atPennState. Papa Joe Paterno is not alone in this. The entire system of college athletics is warped. Its win at all costs.

Training in Child Abuse Prevention Needed by NCAA

What Penn State and ALL universities need is a conscious program to raise the awareness of perversion and child abuse. Since the universities and coaches don’t have a clue about what is right and what is wrong, then the NCAA must establish its own program. NCAA must force universities to provide ethics courses and training on spotting child abusers.

Imagine what a better world this would be if every person graduating from a university knew how to spot a child abuser or find child neglect and take the right action? How many thousands more eyes on the street would we have in our battle to end child abuse if this training were a requirement for graduation?


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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