Anyone who watches news or sports programming is aware of the recent child abuse scandal that traumatized several young men, ended the career of a legendary football coach and forever tarnished the image of a great university football program.
If even a fraction of the allegations made against Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky are true, then he will spend many years in prison, and the good name and winning reputation of Joe Paterno will suffer a righteous indignation.
Paterno was the king of all things athletic at Penn State for half a century. The Board of Trustees at Penn State said that neither he, nor the school president, did enough to protect young people in the athletic facilities, and canned them both.
These events and allegations of similar crimes at Syracuse, and now USC, are causing all of us to look harder at what might be done to protect our children and young adults. New York state lawmakers are seeking tougher laws that would require college coaches and administrators to report cases of child abuse and California is following suit. Connecticut has a new law that strengthens reporting of suspected child abuse and Wisconsin's governor recently signed a similar bill.
We think these are steps in the right direction and urge South Carolina legislators, and the US Congress, to adopt stricter child abuse reporting laws. Because if any of our citizens need the protection of the law, it's those who cannot defend it.