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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Deafening Silence

AN EDITED VERSION OF THIS POST IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN LETTERS TO THE EDITOR IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

I was a student at Horace Mann from 1964 to 1970. It was then that the abuse was likely most prevalent and so many lives were irreparably altered.

But unlike Mr. Leonhardt some years later, I was not remotely aware of what was transpiring. It was a moment not only of institutional cover up, but cultural blindness, where we were not ready to consider, much less confront, the issue of sexual abuse. 

More than a half century later, men like Mr. Weinstein are the progeny of a  school and a society that looked the other way.

And for that we all share a collective blame and guilt.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bravo. Heartfelt and bravely honest.

KS

Anonymous said...

I certainly thought of you as I read. PB

Bruce Egert said...

Apparently sexual abuse—rape, contact and harassment— occurs everywhere without regard to social status, finances or politics. Not sure if it can ever be eradicated but to the victim, it ruins a life forever. This the appeal to whatever intellect exists in the abuser might be the best chance of stopping them if they can consider the devastation they can bring.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog yesterday and the letter to the editor today. Beautifully put- as always! Eric

Anonymous said...

Great editorial in the NYT. Well done.

JE