"Re 'Etching abuse in church’s memory,' Column One, Dec. 1
"Monuments are being built 'to provide solace' to victims of abuse by clergy of the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the author of a 2004 report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education has reportedly stated that "the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests."
"If she is proved correct, will the L.A. Unified School District put up a monument at the Belmont Learning Center for its victims of abuse by teachers? Or does our media and culture only care about abuse by Catholic priests? Do we really care about sexual abuse at all, or just the vocation of the abuser?
Now, obviously, Mr. Pierre is not in the slightest excusing clergy sex abuse (and neither am I, obviously -- just the opposite, of course). Mr. Pierre is simply pointing out that if the news media truly wanted to protect all children, they would need to expend as much effort on spotlighting government school molesters as they have on spotlighting molesters in the clergy.