An alleged victim of ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky said he didn’t report abuses because “who would believe kids?” Disbelief has always been a problem in the prevention of childhood sexual abuse, says the Washington Post in an editorial. One thing that can help increase plausibility is readily available public information on the frequency with which children are abused.
The Post cites a recent Oregon Supreme Court decision that the Boy Scouts of America must release 20,000 pages of documents containing information on alleged child molesters in the organization over the last few decades. The Scouts argued that releasing the documents may “negatively impact victims' privacy and have a chilling effect on the reporting of abuse.” The Post says more public information means more awareness. Should incidents occur in the future, disbelief might not be such an issue when there is documented evidence on the table.