The crimes of which former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is accused are horrendous. And a typical parent will wonder: how is it that these kids were allowed by their families to have such contact with Sandusky? Who in their right mind would let their kid sleep-over at a "coaches" house? Who would approve unchaperoned trips? Who would allow a boy to spend so much time with a man who was not family?
The answer is obvious. The kids were without fathers in their lives, drawn to an organization-- the Second Mile-- specifically created to cater to fatherless children.
Who, exactly, are these kids without fathers, and why are they vulnerable to sexual predators?
It is well known to sociologists that the primary risk factor for being a victim of child sexual abuse is family disintegration. Children from intact families are much less likely to be victims of sexual (or physical) abuse. Most sexual abusers are male, and most abusers are men known to the child who are not the child's biological father.
The disintegration of the two-parent family is relatively recent. Before the 1960's, the vast majority of American children grew up in homes in which their father lived. Divorce rates were low and out-of-wedlock births were rare.
Now 80% of black children are born out of wedlock, and a third of white children are born so. A large percentage of marriages end in divorce. Million of children experience family disintegration. There are two factors responsible: changing societal morals-- sexual promiscuity being the hallmark-- and the replacement of the father by government welfare.
Disintegration of the nuclear family-- and it is disintegrating rapidly-- is shredding our cultural fabric that protects our kids from all manner of evil.
The best protection from child sexual abuse is to have a dad who loves you and protects you and who lives in your home with you. Child abusers do their evil in a milieu of children left vulnerable by adult betrayal.
As marital fidelity becomes more rare and nuclear families disintegrate, our innocents will be left prey to cultural and carnal wolves.