Imagine you were one of them.
Imagine you were 10 years old. A coach you trusted. A man you liked. A guy with white hair. An "older" person.
Imagine he led you. Imagine you listened. Imagine you didn't want to. Imagine you did what you were told.
Imagine the setting. A bathroom. A shower. Imagine he said it was OK. Imagine his tone. Imagine his eyes.
Imagine the disbelief. The horror. The pain. The tears.
Imagine the shame. The confusion. The rage.
Imagine going home. Lying in your bed. Eating dinner with your family. Going to school -- elementary school, fourth or fifth grade.
Imagine years passing, seeing the event, again and again, whenever you close your eyes. Imagine the nightmares. Imagine the loss.
Now imagine keeping all this to yourself.
Because most people do.
The damage done by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, if the charges against him prove to be true, is almost unimaginable -- except for the roughly 14 percent of boys and 33 percent of girls, according to some estimates, who have been molested before the age of 18.
A third of all girls. A seventh of all boys.
And most abuse goes unreported.
This horror did not begin with Penn State. It will not end with Penn State. It is an ugly underbelly of adult behavior that has been around forever and is only increasing with the Internet and the spread of pornography.
Many were mistaken at Penn State.
But one man was responsible.
The damage done.
Did you watch the Nittany Lions game Saturday? Was it not surreal? Think about, in a matter of days, the lives Sandusky knocked over with his alleged behavior.
One man's actions, and the incalculable damage done
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