Wednesday, November 09, 2011

INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT WITNESSES

In case you happen to witness, say, a ten-year-old in, say, a shower at Penn State being sexually exploited by, say, a retired assistant coach, here are some tips:

1. Yell "Hey, Stop That!" at the top of your lungs and don't stop;

2. If you can safely take custody of the kid, get him someplace safe, get clothes or covers on him and tell him repeatedly he's safe now;

3. Call the police and wait with the child while they arrive;

4. Cooperate with the investigation;

DO NOT:

1. Call your Daddy and ask what to do (If you're an adult and you don't know what to do, it's a sure sign your Daddy hasn't done a very good job imparting values to you.);

2. Wait a day and tell the head football coach;

3. Continue working there without assurances that the problem has been severely dealt with.

BONUS TIP:

read "Blind Ambition"

2 Comments:

At 3:21 PM, November 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you do if someone tells you about it? You didn't witness it, just heard about it....

 
At 10:34 AM, November 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this question shouldn't go unanswered. you need to document the discussion you had with the person reporting what they had witnessed. Ask the Human Resources, or appropriate functional resource.
Have documentation of that interaction. Another answer may be: anything else but nothing!

 

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