Every so often, things happen that jolt our awareness, that open our eyes to problems we didn’t notice, or chose to ignore. Such is the case with the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard many of the facts of the case from the news, seeing as how the story has become so big. I won’t bother to repeat them here, except to say that as of November 14th, 10 new victims came forward with allegations, bringing the total to 50 young boys that Jerry Sandusky allegedly abused.
Given the high profile nature of the case, Sandusky will probably receive a long prison sentence, thankfully. Also, many prominent members of the college and Second Mile charity have either stepped down or were fired, and more may follow, but a bigger question is, what can we as a society learn from these sorts of things or prevent them from happening again?
One particular verse from Scripture that comes to mind is Proverbs 12:19 “Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed” As shocking as the Penn State scandal is, common sense (and a quick search of the news) tells us that this is not the first or last time that a charity was used as a venue by a child sex offender. Everyone should realize that, sooner or later, the truth will surface and lies will unravel. Organizations that are covering up abuse to spare themselves a black eye in the public view will only make things worse for themselves down the line when the truth comes out.
Many people reading this either know of or suspect child sex abuse that is going on. Many know because they are the victims. Remember, it is NEVER in your best interest to cover up abuse, no matter how high the cost may seem. Just as Jesus said, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free”.
Knowing and speaking the truth will never oppress you. It may bring persecution from those who don’t want the truth spoken, but in your heart you will be free.