Thursday, November 17, 2011

Child Rape At Penn State

Because I too experienced child sexual abuse, I have to surround myself with positivity in order to write about the subject of sexual violence and secrets. 

While writing I'm listening to Moroccan jazz.  Malika Zarra's "Run."   She's on my ipod.

When I first heard about a child allegedly being raped by Penn State's former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in the showers at Pennsylvania State, I went into a strong stormy rage.  It was the kind of rage that enables one to kill with deliberate messy violence.

Then I went on the Penn State's website and read the statements by former president of Penn State Graham Spanier Nov. 5 Nov. 8, heard about the student riots in reaction to Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Spanier being fired, and became ill when someone told me about Sandusky's book Touched.  I needed a break from this shit.

"How  To Regain Your Soul" by William Stafford

Come down Canyon Creek trail on a summer afternoon

that one place where the valley floor opens out. You will see
the white butterflies. Because of the way shadows
come off those vertical rocks in the west, there are
shafts of sunlight hitting the river and a deep
long purple gorge straight ahead. Put down your pack.

Above, air sighs the pines. It was this way
when Rome was clanging, when Troy was being built,
when campfires lighted caves. The white butterflies dance
by the thousands in the still sunshine. Suddenly, anything
could happen to you. Your soul pulls toward the canyon
and then shines back through the white wings to be you again.

Hidden In Plain Sight

It is well known that degrading images of women and men being sexually assaulted are all over the internet.  Almost every week someone on the news is arrested for having child pornography.  Children and women are regularly kidnapped and coerced into prostitution.  A prominent psychiatrist who worked with the county and school government in my area was just sentenced to prison for sexual abuse. Part of Story here.  To Catch A Predator will never run out of guest stars.

Let's get real!  Sandusky is not a horned gargoyle.  He is a human that came from human beings.  He has lived with humans all his life.   That evil man is one of us.  We have a human problem that is monstrously ugly and difficult to think and talk about.  To be continued...

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