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April 13, 2010

Ain't It Just Terrible When Powerful Organizations Cover Up Sex Abuse Scandals?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at April 13, 2010 2:58 PM

The media works itself into a lather over sexual abuses in the Catholic Church which --- abominable though they were and horrific though the church's handling of them was --- occurred 20 or 30 years ago. These cases have already been litigated, the guilty have been punished or are dead, and the church has paid hundreds of millions to the victims. Most importantly, the church has cleaned up its act, which is why current cases of abuse are far more rare than what happens in, for example, the public schools.

Or the halls of Congress, for that matter. A Democrat Congressman, Eric Massa, resigned under a cloud of scandal, but you won't hear even 1/1000th of the media hype of his recent scandal as you will about Catholic Scandals from the Disco Era.

Just three months after Eric Massa was elected to Congress, his young male employees on Capitol Hill began complaining to supervisors that the lawmaker was making aggressive, sexual overtures toward them, according to new interviews and internal documents.
This account, drawn from more than two dozen interviews and internal documents, shows that aides were accusing the 50-year-old married lawmaker of far more egregious behavior than previously known. Beginning in March 2009 and over the next several months, male staffers complained that their boss had touched them in a sexual manner, came up with reasons to have staffers travel alone with him on overnight trips, and expressed a desire to have sex with the men in the office.

And the Catholic-haters will whine, "That's because the scandal isn't just the sexual abuse, it's the way it was covered up by the church hierarchy."

It wasn't until after a year of staff complaints -- when allegations about Massa's behavior threatened to become a public embarrassment -- that supervisors alerted congressional leaders to the problem.

What were you saying again about covering up the abuses? ( *cough* Gerry Studds! Jeff Rosato! Sam Adams! Gary Becker! Mel Reynolds! Neil Goldscmidt! *cough*)

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Bad when priests do it, OK when Democrats do.