The revelation that Jerry Sandusky, an assistant coach at Penn State's football program, had molested boys for years right under the noses of his fellow coaches and the university administration raises a number of questions. But perhaps foremost among them is how there's such a tremendous double standard in the conversation about child abuse in this instance.
What do I mean? Think Michael Jackson, who has mostly managed to skate free of child abuse accusations in his post-death legacy. Granted, he was innocent until proven guilty and he may have been acquitted on a couple of occasions, but one could make the argument that you can only hear the same accusations so many times before you can't help but wonder if they're true. But if Michael Jackson was not a pop star, but rather an Average Joe, would be been given the same benefit of the doubt? How about someone who knew Jackson was abusing kids and did nothing about it?