Baltimore, MD - People are upset about the unfolding scandal at Penn State University.
But what are they upset about.
For many it's about the way their beloved coach was fired.
“Mike Macquarie still has a job who witnessed the actually event he didn't call the police Joe Pa notified who he needed to notify and he got randomly fired over the phone for all that he's done for this campus.” An angry Penn State Student told reporters.
Not everyone feels this way.
They say there should be no apologies or closed door behavior that may have enabled a sexual predator for years.
“It was the right one Joe Pa could have done more its sad, it’s sad it's a terrible situation but he could have done more." Another student said.
Baltimore Child Abuse Center Director Adam Rosenberg says the attention in this case should be on the victims and really nothing else.
Abuse by a trusted person, a relative, a family friend or in this case allegedly by a coach is devastating for a child....and as they get older it doesn't get better.
They need all the support they can get and a community that stands behind them.
“There are people rioting in Penn State right now about this case and these are the same people who ten years earlier could have been that same child's age we've got to put this back in perspective at the end of the day it's not about Coach Paterno it's not about the storied football program but it's about these kids who were abused and no one did anything about it.” He says.
Rosenberg says victims; especially children need to see that action is being taken.
And that the person who did this and betrayed their trust is punished.
And although many of the victims are young adults right now, they also need to know that there is still help.
“When they see a public case like that go forward it empowers people to say that happened as well and I want to stop that and I want to make sure that doesn’t happen to another child and if that does happen that someone picks up a phone and gets some help or says to a friend I need some help I need to get some counseling.” Rosenberg says.
Now if you want more information about preventing and reporting child sexual abuse you can go to the Baltimore Child Abuse Center at http://www.bcaci.org/
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