If you're a Momma like me, the recent scandals at Penn State, and now, Syracuse have left a craptastic taste in your mouth. My mind tends to run wild when I hear news that puts children in danger, immediately fearing the what if scenarios, warping them into my own life; I can only take child-endangerment news in very small doses. Scandals like these are a worst nightmare for every parent, and makes me hug my kids a little tighter.
I try not to get super heavy on my blog. I enjoy having fun and I aim to emote that fun within this space. However, these recent scandals are just too much. As more and more seemingly powerful men are charged with sexual crimes, lighter posts I've written like Girls Like Beer and Football Too pop into my head.
Think about it.
All of these recent sex-abuse scandals occurred in "male-dominating" situations. You could even go back to the Catholic-priest scandals. I'm sure there are a few women on the sidelines of these situations (outside of the Bernie Fine's stand-by-your-man wife, who just pisses me off like no end for remaining silent instead of doing something) But let's face the facts here, maybe a few more [unrelated] women involved would've stopped the abuse from happening altogether. At the very least, maybe a cry for help would've been heard sooner. Most of these men who take advantage of these situations, turning innocent children into victims, have their own deep, underlying issues that they are too ashamed, or, maybe a little too - dare I say manly - to admit they need professional help.
Maybe if more women were involved in these typically male-dominating situations...
- The cover-ups & secrets would very likely end -- I don't know many women who would turn a blind-eye to a child being harmed.
- Our children's safety would become a higher priority than high-ranking men.
- The men with these serious issues could seek help before their issues affect innocent victims -- do not deny the power of a woman's instinct.
- We could find a positive balance of supportive voices.
- The cycle of abuse could end.
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