A Vicious Cycle

I wrote recently about the need for improved support for those suffering from mental disorders in our society. In this discussion it came up how we are now imprisoning these people rather than supporting them. We often think of this as people who commit minor crimes that are likely a symptom of gaps in the individual's thought process.

An adopted son of Jerry Sandusky faces multiple charges of sex crimes involving children, court papers revealed Monday, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant football coach was himself first arrested in a case that sent shock waves across the university and NCAA.

The thing is, this is such a bigger issue. Jerry Sandusky absolutely committed monstrous acts that cannot be forgiven and he needed to be removed from everyday society. As the reports of his actions were coming out, and the media was in a frenzy about how awful he was and to what degree Joe Paterno and Penn State should be held accountable, all I kept wondering was who was providing support to the people who had been abused.

In an in depth study of child abuse it was found that out of 135 male victims, 74 went on to become perpetrators themselves. It should come as no shock that an adopted child of Jerry Sandusky is a perpetrator of sexual abuse. The fact that our society was so vengeful but disregardful of the people involved just results in more people being victimized.