Originally Posted By: KMCINVA
how sad--it is so pervasive--everyone turns a blind eye when CSA is involved. How many other children were hurt because of the failure to remove the teacher. It crosses all institutions--schools, churches,sports, etc.

Which makes me wonder how many other conspiracies of silence are still around. I was abused at a camp run by a particularly large religious scouting organization. There is finally rumblings about the overarching denomination that runs it, but the organization itself is not only still flying under the radar but actively promoting itself as a scandal-free alternative to BSA. Is it possible that my experiences were unique and they really are for the most part clean? That would be wonderful. But I doubt it.
Like a spent gladiator
crawling in the colosseum dust
who can count on his remaining limbs
all the people he can trust.
Like the one who stands behind him
cheering him on
Estatic when he stands defiant,
wild with abandon when he's gone

just stay alive.
do whatever you need to.
you are worth it.