It’s disappointing to see leaders, public figures and CEOs undone by sex scandals. But it becomes a tragedy when these cases are of an abusive nature. And worse yet, when they’re kept quiet, leaving the victims even more powerless.
The Penn State case, in which Jerry Sandusky abused young boys while Joe Paterno and administrators worried more about the institution than the victims, was a harsh reminder that we can’t blindly trust people, even respected members of our communities. Britons are going through a similar shock after allegations surfaced that Jimmy Savile, the BBC’s version of Mister Rogers, sexually assaulted young girls. And then there’s the tragedy of the Boy Scouts, which kept its "perversion files" from 1970 to 1991 under lock and key rather than report sexual abusers to authorities.
Of course, children aren’t the only ones in powerless situations who’re victimized. According to a former Waffle House employee, company Chairman Joseph Rogers Jr. allegedly demanded sexual favors of her in exchange for job security. Rogers says his relationship with the single mother was consensual (and no charges have been filed). But consider this: The woman who brought this situation to light resigned from the company after her son was awarded a full college scholarship.