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Charley was abused as a boy.
As I write, the jury is deliberating dozens of counts of child rape and other sexual abuse against football coach, Jerry Sandusky.  I wrote extensively about sexual abuse in the article Sexual Abuse of Students.  In that article I put forth some ways to navigate the territory (gauntlet) of high-achieving musical training.

In the past days, however, I've come across some resources that I believe you will find helpful.
 Let's irradicate this scourge together!
Stop it now, is an organization dedicated to stopping child sexual abuse in our society.  They comment heavily on the Sandusky trial and give parents and other interested members of society, tools to help keep children safe.   Why not send yourself a reminder every other month with boomerang through gmail to check out this site and refresh your memory on mandatory reporting, signs of abuse, and how to speak up when you see something disturbing. 
1in6 is an organization with information and help for boys and men who were moletsed.  Their statistic is that 1 in every 6 men was molested before age 16!  Boys don't tell!  At least they tell at a much lower rate than girls, and girls don't tell enough!  Since the Sandusky trial, this site has exploded in popularity and is helping thousands of men admit to the abuse for the first time in their lives. 

July 22, 2012: Tomorrow the NCAA will announce what sanctions will be slapped on Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky cover up.  I am an alum of USC, another football powerhouse.  The football team always annoyed me when I was a student there.  There are Nobel laureates who teach and work at USC, but no attention is paid to them.  It always annoyed me that so much attention was given to a group of "students" who were paid to be there and could never have gotten into the university on their academic merits.  I was pleased when USC was sanctioned for the money paid to their football team.

This is much more serious.  This is a mass rape of children.  That ANY sports team is worth forgiving that would speak very poorly of our society indeed.  I'm praying that they get "the death penalty," 1-2 years of suspension from the NCAA.  I know that thousands of people in College Park, PA would be financially troubled by this.  Many would lose their livelihoods.  I encourage them to sue the university as it is the administration's fault that sanctions were imposed, not the fault of the NCAA. 

July 23 Sanctions against Penn State by the NCAA.  Every single year that officials knew of the molestation, but preferred to keep their image untarnished, has been deleted from the official record.   1998-2011's wins are expunged!  Also, Penn State's athletic culture will have a 4 year break from worrying about winning to repair its school culture under the auspices of the NCAA. 

I wrote an email to the president of USC, one of my alma maters, urging him to build a culture of child protection at USC as well.  I hope that more children are safe because of this ruling.  As I've said before, Catholic children are much safer because of the policies put in place in the wake of the clergy abuse scandals that broke in the early 2000's.  It's only a matter of time before similar scandals break in high level music schools.  I hope that this decision helps arts schools change their school cultures before this happens on their campus.


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