Dana Jacobson worked at ESPN for close to a decade. I was sad to see her go in April, but it seems like at ESPN, if you are a woman and turn 40, then it is see ya. Her contract was not renewed when it expired. Last night Dana wrote on her blog about how when she was a child she was molested by a teenage babysitter that her parenst and other parents all trusted and all used to babysit their children.
"Like the young men who bravely took the stand in the Sandusky trial, I was molested as a child. That's still not easy for me to say, let alone write and share publicly, but if we've all learned anything from the Sandusky scandal, it's that the time for silence is over. As I heard one Sandusky victim put it, it's time to 'find my voice.' I remember faking a stomach ache to try to keep my parents from going out when I knew my abuser was coming to babysit, but my silent cry was the same tactic I used when another sitter was scheduled and I just wanted my parents to stay. How would they know the difference? I truly believe no one could have stopped the abuse unless I had told someone."
You know, when someone like Dana speaks or as others have because of the Sandusky trial, it makes everything just a little easier for other victims to come forward or to speak out when something can be done to save other potential victims. Despite the number of cases you hear about people being molested, the numbers who report it are so low and it allows a-holes like Sandusky the opportunity to keep acting without any fear of getting caught until they have messed up the lives of their victims and then the cycle continues for the victims with their relationships and how it affects those people and just keeps spreading.