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The healing process and the kids


I feel that in recent days the Penn State community has begun to reunite and heal. I personally have gotten past the stage of defending individuals or trying to make sense of what happened. At this stage I want to see the truth (or something as close to the truth as the legal system can give) come out and those that deserve punishment get punishment. I have come to peace with this. There are still times when I'll get upset about somebody's comments, but for the most part I am looking forward. However, this makes me feel a little guilty. I know that the kids (the true victims in this) may never fully recover from this. It may take years for them to come to peace with this. It's really sad to think that so many kids could be harmed by prominent member(s) of the Penn State community. So, my question is what can we do to help?

I know a lot of people have said that Penn State should be done repenting. I agree with that. However, I also know that we have a lot of power right now. Whether it is fair or not, Penn State will forever be linked with child sexual abuse. In ten years I am sure there will still be idiots making Sandusky jokes. There's a second side to that linking. If we, as Penn Staters, continue to raise awareness on the topic and raise money to stop this from happening again this can have positive impacts. I also thinking that if we can raise awareness and raise money for this cause, we can also show support for the victims. That may or may not help, but I think it'd be important. I don't view this as repenting, so much as helping others out when you have an opportunity to do so.

So, what are people's thoughts on this. Do you think we should do more? What should we do. My thought was that we should encourage people to wear blue each year to the Blue-White game. Admission could still be free, but recommend a $5 donation to a worthy charity that works in this area. Each year you see teams wearing pink for breast cancer awareness and basketball coaches wearing sneakers for cancer research. These are both worthy causes. Can't we also support another worthy cause by picking a regular game or the Blue-White game to have all fans wear blue?

I can see some arguments for why not to do this. I certainly don't think that we should allow this scandal to define us. At the same time, I think this scandal presents us with an opportunity to do a lot of good. I'm curious to see what others think. Thanks for any input. (I am going to write a letter to the school president and AD suggesting this, but thought I'd see if others had better ideas before writing it.)

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