Sexual Abuse (The Penn State Story)

After reading so much about this tragedy I decided to post my own thoughts about it.  Although I cringe at the very thought of these acts, I’m more interested in the cause than the result.  This post gets rather detailed so if you have a strong belief against this topic, I advise that you pick another one to read.

Let’s begin by taking a little trip to the distant past to find evidence of this same behavior.  As there’s nothing new under the sun, it shouldn’t be hard at all.  I recalled the stories of Caesar and a host of other well-known historical figures engaging in this same practice whether publicly or privately.  Ancient Greece had a completely different idea of homosexuality than we have today as did ancient Egypt.

The ancient Greeks did not conceive of sexual orientation as a social identifier, as Western societies have done for the past century. Greek society did not distinguish sexual desire or behavior by the gender of the participants, but rather by the role that each participant played in the sex act, that of active penetrator or passive penetrated.[5] This active/passive polarization corresponded with dominant and submissive social roles: the active (penetrative) role was associated with masculinity, higher social status, and adulthood, while the passive role was associated with femininity, lower social status, and youth. The most common form of same-sex relationships between males in Greece was “paiderastia” meaning “boy love”. It was a relationship between an older male and an adolescent youth. A boy was considered a “boy” until he was able to grow a full beard. In Athens the older man was called erastes, he was to educate, protect, love, and provide a role model for his eromenos, whose reward for him lay in his beauty, youth, and promise. (Reference Wikipedia)

The story of Horus and Osiris is much more detailed and adds a great deal more of shock value.  Google search that one if you’d like to know more.

Now, what does this have to do with an incident occurring thousands of years later?  A little thing called DNA.  Our DNA simply put is a memory program that has recorded every thought action and feeling our ancestors experienced and passed them along to us. We try to solve our problems from todays rules and standards and things just seemed to keep popping up.  For example the incident in Atlanta with Bishop Long;  if you were to look at the profiles of these men, they are definitely the more aggressive type.  The story of ‘300’ is another example of this same behavior.  The funny thing is that we’re shocked every time it comes up.

It is my hope that we at some point begin to address the issues of mankind from the source of the problem and not the results of it.  Shame, incarceration and embarrassment are only by products of the result of getting caught.  If there were more help available to these people who were most likely victims themselves, I believe we’d see significant decline in the amount of abuses taking place.

The world is no more than a conglomeration of different and varying opinions and right is based on how many people agree with you.  I forget who said this but it remains true “When a person is at their worst is when they need love the most.”  Please say a prayer for all involved.  Penn State

2 responses to “Sexual Abuse (The Penn State Story)

  1. I hate this story so much because of the pain and suffering these children endured went and is still going unnoticed…undiscussed. The media is talking about how the coach has coached for so long and blah blah blah! Not that the guy abused eight children. Or the report that may or may not be true that someone walked in on him getting oral from a young child. The report says that someone walked in on this forced act and then turned and left. This breaks my heart and I wish the pain of the children would be taken seriously and noticed and not just talked to the back drop of all the scandal and press.

  2. There are so many great things about your perspective on this: that pedophilia is not about homosexuality, but is about power relationships (it drives me crazy when people assume that all gay men lust after children); that this behavior has gone on for centuries; and that most offenders were indeed victims themselves.

    That last point is possibly the most important thing to consider. Without proper guidance and treatment, many victims of abuse become offenders. You’ve got it exactly right that this is what we need to be working on. Getting help for *everyone* who needs it.

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