The Olympics are fast approaching. Who doesn't love watching these glorious athletes defy the laws of gravity, overcome adversity, and battle staunch competition to soar beyond our imaginations? Who isn't swept up watching Shawn Johnson win the gold medal on balance beam, or Usain Bolt dash across the finish line, or Michael Phelps cut through the water to break every record many times over? We love our athletes. They inspire us, they make us believe the impossible is possible, and, truthfully, they ignite our belief in our own humanity. That's a tall order, but these athletes, many of them children, do this for us time and time again.
Why, one might ask, would someone willingly ignore reports of heinous, despicable sexual abuse of a child?Why did it happen at Penn State? At Syracuse University? And why does it continue to happen in gymnastics, swimming and other organized sports? Wouldn't a reasonable person assume that the moral imperative would be to act to protect the child? We've seen time and time again that this is not what happens.