My Interview with a
Convicted Sex Offender
|It’s only been 4 weeks since Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and even now, new information is becoming public regarding who in authority knew what, who was complicit and how these crimes against innocent boys could have been prevented. This past Sunday on Meet the Press, Bob Costas talked about the collateral damage when injustice occurs, such as the possible suspension of the Penn State football program in this case. The old saying is true, “The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is that good men (and women) to do nothing.”I wish I could say I am surprised to hear that an “upstanding leader in our community” has been accused of child sexual abuse. I never am. Perhaps I’m not surprised because I was sexually abused by such a person when I was a young girl. Or perhaps it’s because I see it every day. Am I a cynic? No. Am I a realist? Yes. Research indicates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before adulthood; sadly, 30-40% of these victims are abused by a family member and 50% are abused by someone outside the family whom they know and trust. (U.S. Department of Justice)
I had the rare opportunity to interview a convicted sex offender for our Internet Safety 101 DVD series. I thought he would be the ideal person to educate adults, as well as kids, about how predators think, how they seduce and groom their victims, how they view themselves, how they develop a sexual appetite for children and why they decide to act upon that desire.