Here is another story that did make it to ESPN in November even though the story hit the wire more than two months earlier. This one is about the girls/women’s US Olympic team and national team coach from 1984. It is sickening.
You can’t put a sexually mature man in alone for any lengths of time with girls or young women with this kind of thing happening. It is a basic natural impulse, something our Creator endowed us with to insure we would not be lonely. It is among the top three most basic human impulses, along with the desire to grow, to be more powerful.
A polite society puts in restraints that assure that no man is ever alone with a woman/girl, that there is always another mature adult present.
Likewise we should understand the darker aspects of such sexual and mating impulses, that they can be in one person quite perverted, and apply era and age appropriate safeguards to protect both predator and prey. For no HUMAN predator ever relishes long his hunger if it is profanely or vilely satisfied.
This especially applies in athletics, where skimpy dress and strange and impolite body contortions are common, and where the power role of trusted coach makes the prey particularly vulnerable, like birds walking into the maw of the tiger.
Are the accusations true?
This wouldn’t happen if they just allowed gymnastic coaches to marry. Oh wait...
What mouth breathing half-wit added “sarahpalin” to the keywords?
Passing the trash
Too often, problem teachers are allowed to leave quietly. That can mean future abuse for another student and another school district.
They might deal with it internally, suspending the person or having the person move on. So their license is never investigated, says Charol Shakeshaft, a leading expert in teacher sex abuse who heads the educational leadership department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Laws in several states require that even an allegation of sexual misconduct be reported to the state departments that oversee teacher licenses. But theres no consistent enforcement, so such laws are easy to ignore.
School officials fear public embarrassment as much as the perpetrators do, Shakeshaft says. They want to avoid the fallout from going up against a popular teacher. They also dont want to get sued by teachers or victims, and they dont want to face a challenge from a strong union.