Misplaced priorities dominate Penn State discussion and our lives

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve heard about all I can stand on how allegations of sexual misconduct are tarnishing Penn State football’s formerly pristine reputation and the legacy of its iconic former coach, Joe Paterno. 

In fact, if we, as a society, spent half as much time talking about the affect abuse has on its victims and their families as we’re spending debating whether or not Paterno’s failure to “do more” wipes away his many accomplishments on and off the field, we could educate millions about the long-term affects of all forms of abuse.

As a society, our priorities are misplaced. We spend billions of dollars every year buying tickets to sporting events or jerseys promoting our favorite teams, but when it comes to financially supporting organizations that are working to help families avoid various forms of abuse, such as the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (PAAO), we often turn away. We spend countless hours every weekend watching football games, but have no time to donate our skills and expertise to an organization like the PAAO.

So here’s what I propose. Instead of buying a new Penn State football jersey or tickets to watch Kobe Bryant or Michael Vick play their respective sports, donate the money to a non-profit organizaiton that is working to eliminate the type of abuse associated with these athletes and institutions. Purchase books, DVDs and informational materials on all forms of abuse and donate them to your local libraries, churches and community counseling agencies. If you are a writer, photographer, IT expert, Marketing professional, Public Relations pro, videographer or website expert, donate your time and expertise to an agency low on resources. And if you believe parental alienation is emotional abuse, donate to the PAAO — http://www.paawareness.org/

We’ve spent a lot of time this past week discussing all sorts of secondary issues that resulted after a football coach allegedly sexually abused young boys a decade ago. Isn’t it is about time we focused on the primary issue that led to all these other conversations?

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2 Responses to “Misplaced priorities dominate Penn State discussion and our lives”

  1. Amyadoptee says:

    I take many things from this situation. Sandusky was a pedophile that was allowed access to many young boys through his foster care non profit. He even adopted a child from the agency itself. He and his wife adopted a total of six children and fostered God only knows how many. As an adoptee rights activist, I whole heartedly support adoption reform. My money goes to agencies and organizations that support that agenda.

    I believe parental alienation is a form of child abuse. One thing to always remember is that parental alienation is not perpetrated by one gender. Men do it as much as women do. Adoptive parents do it to birth parents when there is a battle for the child.

  2. julie says:

    Now…so many more allegations are surfacing against coaches at other schools! It is horrific. All forms of child abuse must be stopped. We must make that a priority in our country! Thank you for writing about this – and your suggestion about donating to the Parental Alienation awareness….it is a form of child abuse that is destroying so many children. Definitely needs awareness – and must be abolished.

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