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RAINN: Comment for a cause

November 16, 2011

Last week, the college sports world and the country were rocked the sexual abuse allegations at Penn State University. I won’t get into the nitty gritty details of this story as, I’m sure, many of you have heard the more than disturbing charges being brought against the former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.

If these allegations and everything set forth in the 23 page grand jury indictment are true, Penn State allowed a pedophile to roam free for years.

Well this time, I’m not going to bury my face in the sand and just be happy this didn’t happen to my child. Every child, regardless of gender, race, nationality or religion deserves to be protected against any kind of abuse be it emotional, physical, physiological or sexual.

That’s why today, I’m going to donate $.50 for every comment on today’s post to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). 

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotlines’ free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual violence; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual violence, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

The abuse of children is a world-wide epidemic and the vast majority of victims remain silent, suffering in silence. No,  as one individual, I don’t believe I can stop this, but I want to try to do something no matter  how small.


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  1. Thank you for this post, Bev. The entire situation – what occurred at Penn State is horrible, and everything that we’re finding out is basically making it worse. :\

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  3. Thank you for posting this, Beverley. I wish you much success with the blog and donations.

  4. Thank you so much for doing this Beverly! What a wonderful way to have something good come out of a truly horrible situation.

  5. Limecello sent me. Thank you for doing this. Odds are that I know (and we all know) someone who has suffered abuse, we just don’t know it. The only way to curtail this is to give support to the abused so that they are willing to speak out, and then to support them after the fact so they can move beyond.

  6. Being a victim myself eons ago as a young child, I worry for the children who are under the such media pressure, and privacy is so precious for victims. Sending them love & light, and keeping them all in my love, thoughts and prayers. May they come out stronger on the other side. Please know that you are not alone, and many, many people out here in the world are sending you so much support.

  7. This is a great charity to deal with an awful thing to happen to anyone. Thank you for your post and your wonderful donation to a great cause.

  8. Thanks for doing this Bev. What a horrific circumstance.

  9. Thanks for doing this. It saddens me that this could have gone on for so long without anyone really getting involved. Now more allegations are coming up about other coaches in other sports. It’s so sad for all those innocents that are the alleged victims.

  10. This is such a horrible situation. My heart goes out to the children who were abused.

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  12. Such a sad, tragic situation. Thanks for bringing attention to this cause and I hope you have lots of success.

  13. RAINN is a wonderful cause, and thank you Bev, for bringing atttention to it. I was one of those abused children myself and I never told anyone except my DH. It happened long ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. My heart goes out to all of those poor children that are/were abused. I hope they find the courage to speak up so that those guily of such a foul deed can go to jail/prison. Thank you for donating 50 cents for each post!

  14. Thank you, Beverley, for doing this. We need to support this so our children can get the help they need to live full and rewarding lives while those that perpetrate the abuse are made to pay for those crimes.

  15. Thanks for posting this, Bev! Thanks for doing this! The world needs to support each other and prevent children from being abused this horrifically. RAINN is a wonderful cause and I would love to help you in any other way possble since my major is Sociology and I would love to be a Social Worker. Thanks for bringing attention to this cause. My heart and soul goes out to every child that was abused or are abused. Thank you for donating fifty cents for each post. Good luck on all your future endeavors! God Bless you all for doing this!

  16. Thank you Beverley for posting this. My heart goes out to those little ones. Thank you also for the donation. It will help in many childrens lives.

  17. I’m glad that our littlest victims have advocates to give them a voice when they would otherwise have none. This is truly a worthy cause.

  18. great cause.
    Thanks for helping out.
    Children are our future. We need to help them out.

  19. Thank you for posting this and bringing a worthy cause into the light.

  20. Great cause! Thanks for caring!

  21. This is a serious issue and it’s sad that something like this has to happen to bring attention to a larger problem. Thanks for supporting this cause through your donation. Hopefully the comments keep rolling in.

  22. Thanks for supporting this cause! It’s still very shocking to learn what took place.

  23. Thanks for supporting this great cause!

  24. Thank you for this post and for what you are doing

  25. Thank you for such an insightful post and what you are doing for supporting this cause.

  26. Thank you for bringing this organization to my (our) attention! This Penn State incident has shown how easily people are willing to overlook something that they don’t think is right because of someone’s power/position. It should be interesting to see as this story develops how many people knew or suspected and for how long! It also shows how powerless the victims feel to be affected by someone in such a way when everyone else seems to think these people are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

  27. I posted once, but I just wanted to give a special thanks to all the people who go out of their way to support and help the victims who had to deal with such a violent and despicable assult. This matter is so grave that I pray, with RAINN and many others, the number of abuse victims will go down, and the number of arrest will be found guilty are dealt with swifty. Years have past since our justice system properly dealt with a rapist. Maybe the justice system should reconsider and bring back the death penalty for such cause.

  28. Thank you for sharing this organization with us. I am glad there is one out there to help people who end up in such horrible situations.

  29. It’s a great cause to help and it’s great you’re bringing it to attention. I’ve been watching the news about it, such a sad situation.

  30. Great cause, greAt, contribute

  31. Thanks for supporting this wonderful cause, helping those who are trapped in a nightmare and unable to help themselves.

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