Everyone is talking about the trial of Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach accused of sexually molesting children entrusted to his care through his charitable organization. While many are covering the legal aspects of this trial or the cultural impact it may have, we will be discussing what I consider to be the most important part of this case, most often the forgotten part in the whole mess, the victims themselves.
How do we deal with sexual abuse? As you all know, this problem is not limited to Penn State but reaches even into the doors of our local churches. We have seen how some churches decided they would rather cover up the issue by sending pedophile priests away to different parishes or even by rallying congregations to get behind their accused pastor. In all of these situations, the victims are ignored. In the worst of these situations, the victim is attacked.
It is high time we in the faith community opened our eyes and dealt with this issue openly and publicly. Listen in to this edition of the KevCast as I air an exclusive interview with a well-known conservative author, advisor, activist, and talk show host, Michael Reagan. Reagan is probably most well known as being the adopted son of the late President Ronald Reagan but not many people realize that he is also a childhood sexual abuse victim. In this podcast you will hear the startling details of sexual abuse through the perspective of a victim still struggling from the ramifications. You will also hear answers to questions such as: what are the signs of a child who may be a victim of abuse? At what point should I contact the authorities if I am suspicious of abuse? How should parents do when they hear their child claim someone has been abusing them? How can I prevent my child from being sexually abused? Hear all of this and more during this special podcast.
Mr. Reagan was kind of enough to take some time from his busy schedule to record this interview using his cell phone as he journeyed home from an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. In other words, the sound quality is not the greatest. But, trust me, it will be well-worth your time to listen. I guarantee this will be a thought-provoking experience.
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