Apparently, there is concern that some of the $60 million fine Penn State is paying into an endowed fund to help prevent child sexual abuse and treat its victims might make its way outside the Keystone state.
I’m sure a few more tax cuts for the rich will cover their legal fees.
I despise the NCAA as much as anyone, but seriously – just shut up about the punishment and let the university recover. This just makes the parties involved look small.
And what is it about organizations that implicitly condone sex abuse? First, the Roman Catholic Church imposing its band of “higher justice” – which is to say, ignore the victims and shuffle the pedophiles to another diocese to create a new pool of victims, and now the Boy Scouts, who are, shall we say, zealous in defending their organization:
An Oregon man’s lawsuit alleged that Scouting allowed troop leader Timur Dykes to continue in the group after he admitted molesting 17 boys in the early 1980s.
At the trial in 2010, regional Scouts official Eugene Grant faulted parents for letting their sons go to Dykes’ apartment for merit badge work and sleepovers.
“His parents should have known better,” Grant said of one victim. “I think it’s criminal.”
The jury rejected that assertion, finding the Scouts liable for nearly $20 million in damages….
In 2002, Jerrold Schwartz, a 42-year-old former scoutmaster in New York, admitted abusing a boy in his troop in the 1990s. After being secretly recorded saying he “did something very, very wrong” and apologizing to the boy, Schwartz pleaded guilty to four counts of sodomy and was sent to prison.
Despite the conviction and the victim’s testimony that Schwartz “raped me and forced me to perform oral sex on him,” the Scouts, in a motion to dismiss a subsequent lawsuit, contended that the sex was consensual, records show. [Emphasis mine]
“To argue that an adult scoutmaster in his 30s can have consensual sex with a 13-year-old in his Scout troop is something dreamt up in pedophile heaven,” attorney Michael Dowd told the New York Law Journal in 2006 after a judge rejected the Scouts’ motion. The lawsuit was later settled; terms were not disclosed.
The Boy Scouts don’t have a lot of goodwill in my account anyway. I read this and wonder if anyone involve at the scouts is even partially human.