Leave Jerry Sandusky & His House Alone

Jerry SanduskyThere's really just one way to respond to a child molester, am I right? Total and utter outrage. Anything less, and I want to go take a shower. And yet, the news that Jerry Sandusky, the creepy coach in the middle of the Penn State sex abuse scandal, has had his house vandalized not once but twice in the past week or so doesn't exactly give me the warm and fuzzies.

We're adding criminal behavior on top of (alleged) criminal behavior here folks. Didn't your mommy ever teach you that two wrongs don't make a right?

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The person who showed up at the home of Jerry and Dottie Sandusky this week to break one of their front windows got out some of their anger, but they didn't do diddly to help the poor kids at the center of this scandal. Here's the thing. It's good to be angry. But it's what you do with that anger that reflects what kind of person you are.

It's not that hard to pull out your credit card and add your name to the list of people who are donating to RAINN -- the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network -- to provide support services for children who have been subjected to abuses similar to those alleged in the Sandusky case. The Penn State alumni who have organized the giant fundraiser for the non-profit are asking for just $1 per person to make a stand against this type of abuse.

Then again, since this person actually got up and left their own home and showed a desire to physically show their distaste with the situation, maybe they could do something even bigger. How about calling up ChildHelp, the organization that runs the national child abuse hot line? I'm sure they could use volunteers to go to schools and talk about "good touch, bad touch" with kids or start a chapter in your neighborhood.

Heck, take the depression down a notch, and volunteer to work with kids in youth sports. Be a good role model, someone who reminds parents that not everyone is like a Jerry Sandusky.

Or you can lower yourself to being a criminal. The choice is up to you, but here's betting one of these options would make you feel a whole lot better than breaking Jerry Sandusky's window. Don't you think?


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