A Saddening Situation


I don’t have very much time to blog today between researching intimate partner violence for an upcoming Social Influences of Health presentation, preparing to meet my patient for the Patient Project (explained in a post to come), and trying to understand DNA sequencing but I just wanted to take a moment to express my sadness for those families and individuals affected by the recent sexual abuse allegations brought against certain individuals in the Penn State Department of Athletics. In light of the harrowing events, there have been many expressions of solidarity for Penn State as an institution, alongside a denunciation of the actions of those involved and the feigned ignorance that has cast an even darker shadow on the circumstances. I myself am proud to be a Penn State student…my heart goes out to the victims and their families and I thought it would be appropriate to share this blurb that has been buzzing around Facebook since earlier this week:

WE are Penn State, and we have always been more than just a football team.
We are… sad.
We are… grieving with the families and the victims.
We are… brokenhearted.
We are… trying to make sense of things.
We are… confused.
We are… over 94,000 students strong.
We are… ranked among the top 15 public universities.
We are… the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
We are… over 8,500 top-ranked faculty.
We are… hard working student athletes in many sporting events with NO connection to former events.
We are… more than 2 university officials and 2 athletic department members.
We are… more than this scandal.

WE are Penn State, and we have always been more than just a football team.

Here’s to hoping the guilty will step forward and take responsibility for the heinous crimes they’re charged with…Penn State can only grow from here.


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