So this Penn State/Clearwater, KS/Kingman, KS/Hesston, KS, and numerous other instances of children being abused makes me sick, like almost physically ill. The people that do these things to children are mentally ill--and that illness is an equal opportunity employer. It can affect any race, creed, color, nationality, political status, income, family status, etc. It just doesn't happen in "big towns" with "those people"...it happens everywhere--just like the flu. And how do we prevent it, or stop it? I don't know.
I heard in one country that there was a national registry of anyone that worked with children. Nurses, teachers, Sunday School teachers, ministers, soccer coaches, Scout leaders, you name they all had to be registered with a higher power--and had to renew. Hmmm. I like this idea for several reasons. First, lets say someone does something inappropriate with a church group, that incident isn't reported to the police, but they are escorted from their church group. That same person then goes and becomes a soccer coach....hmmm. There's something wrong with the current system. If a person is kicked out of one youth organization that should carry over to other organizations, not just leaving the possibility of still working with other youth.
How would this work? I don't know, like a nursing license maybe? You would have to apply and maybe even take a class. And hey--you know what--if you had a problem with it, then you shouldn't be working with youth anyway. I think its a great idea---now if I could only find a financier--don't the Gates have some extra millions they could donate? LOL