Sex scandals involving the Catholic Church, Penn State, and Syracuse University are all in the news.
Amid the chaos of allegations extending back decades, protestations of innocence, vociferous statements of support, incomplete earlier investigations, and now a secretly taped conversation, abuse victims and non-victims alike seek explanations.
The approach institutions all too often take in dealing with scandal serves as a reminder that favoring the supposed “good” of a group, over the good of the individual, is a dangerous business. That bargain can amount to outright collusion with evil, whatever the rationale may have been at the outset.
How then can we prevent future crimes against our children from taking place? Though we can strengthen reporting requirements and put other restrictions in place, there may not be a hard and fast answer to that question.
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