I think this article is well done. I am late to this party, so this probably won't be read by many people. It won't be upvoted or downvoted much. I don't care. I'm doing this to get it off my chest.
No sane or remotely decent person is for sexual abuse. It's horrific, and anyone who perpetrates it should never see freedom again. I have no problem with the death penalty in these cases. As a husband, a father of one daughter, and the grandfather of a little girl, if any of them were abused in this way, that's a situation where I could see myself beating their abuser to death.
I do not believe that any non-involved person at PSU or MSU or Baylor or whathaveyou is pro-sexual abuse. It really comes down to this: who is guilty of sexual abuse and who helped them? If people helped, how did they help? With full knowledge and support or because of ignorance, denial, or some lack of understanding of what is right and the greater priority?
What I am uncomfortable with is when the ignorant and innocent get swept up into a hysteria. Hey, if MSU and/or their employees/leaders assisted Nassar, then hammer them with civil and Title IX law suits or prosecute them, if applicable - however they need hammered in order to hold them accountable. I hate to see the NCAA involved in something like this. It's not within their expressed authority to do it, they are unequipped to do it, and they are almost certain to deliver injustice - excessive or lenient - if they do get involved.
But in this kind of situation, we tend to get a hysteria, emotion displaces reason, and common sense goes out the window. So we get things like, the sophomore history major who continues to love and support Sparty football and doesn't think the football program should get the death penalty is guilty of supporting "rape culture." As in Salem, everyone is suspect, everyone can be deemed culpable, and a lot of injustice always flows out of that.
That hysteria produces conclusions like, "you must believe any accusation." I do? Everything I know about human beings tells me that I should believe what makes sense and has evidence to support it because a universal characteristic of every human I know is that they lie, shade the truth, and some live in denial and parallel realities. We are on dangerous ground when we are told that in order to be a decent person we have to suspend skepticism of what people say. That said, if anyone says that they have been abused in any way, that should always be taken seriously and that claim should be adjudicated to the extent it can be. On the other hand, if all accusers have to be believed, then some Duke lacrosse players should be in prison right now.
Sometimes leaders have to fall on their sword when something happens on their watch, even if they had no knowledge of it or were involved in it. You hear, "They should have known". I'm not sure that's always true, but it can be. But how far down the chain does that go before it satisfies the hysteria? There is no definitive answer - and that's scary in a society where we desire to punish only the guilty.
Regardless, Nassar is guilty and has been prosecuted and sentenced harshly. Investigations need to be conducted to see if his crimes could have been discovered and stopped earlier. Anyone who helped him continue to do this should be punished according to the degree of their culpability. New procedures and policies should be put in place to prevent such a thing from happening again if possible.
Just don't expect me to measure my opposition to sexual abuse and Larry Nassar by how far down the chain I am willing to go to punish people that may have had no way to know what was going on or any ability to stop it. Sexual abuse results in a radical injustice to the victim of it. In the world of sex abuse hysteria, more injustice gets done - and it does not one thing to correct the injustice done to the sex abuse victim. FWIW