If there ever was a time when the cliche “when it rains, it pours” rang true, it’s now with all of the sexual abuse cases coming to light. While the horrors in the Catholic church continue to be exposed (slowly, of course), Penn State’s Sandusky-gate exploded and now there’s Syracuse.
While Syracuse’s sexual abuse scandal so far (and perhaps only to those of us on the outside) appears to be smaller in scale, in some ways it seems more bizarre. The Chancellor says of the basketball coach (who was in charge of the assistant coach against whom sexual abuse charges have been filed) that the coach “is still the coach” — not exactly a ringing endorsement — and the head coach says he will not comment about what happened ‘on his watch’ until the investigation of what happened ‘on his watch’ is completed. So…is that an admission that something happened ‘on his watch’?
But, the most shocking and frightening to me — about what it says about our society as much as anything else, is that the wife of Syracuse’s assistant basketball coach was heard telling someone that she knew the abuse was happening under their roof. Say what?!? I certainly hope there are some (really) extenuating circumstances that kept her from reporting her husband. I would never (ever, ever, ever!) wish anyone to suffer at the hands of another, but in some ways, I hope that maybe she had some reason to fear her husband, and to not come forward. It was certainly be easier to put the blame squarely on his shoulders and not think that someone would just cover up such despicable behavior for no (real) reason.