The Penn State report on the Sandusky scandal, released today, rang more than just one of my memory bells, which is a remarkably subdued way of putting things.
While in the 7th grade I was sexually abused, repeatedly, by one of "The System's" teachers, as were many other boys in that grade, in that school, at that time. And to tell you the deepest, perhaps coldest truth about those wretched nine months, I recall thinking then, merely: This is what authority does; it abuses power.
I've since invested a lifetime in the unassailable, intellectual conviction that authority, by virtue of its authority, demands unceasing questioning. I happily skipped years of therapy and went straight to the logical conclusion that that was the principal outcome of my preceding experience--a cause and effect that in the longer run, mutatis mutandis, I find valuable.