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SOCIETAL LOSSES CAUSED BY
PERPETRATORS OF CHILD ABUSE
Societal Losses Caused by Perpetrators of Child Abuse
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.
You might first need to realize the preponderance of child abuse and its overall effect.
While directing the Family Support Program of the Greater Jamestown Area (FSP), a Children’s Trust Funded program, a teacher and church organist was accused of molesting his piano students.
He was organist at the church my husband, Monte, was assigned to pastor.
The accusation split the town. Who could believe this person, who was such an integral part of the community and who contributed so much, whom everyone loved, could do such a thing?
Thus, the children he molested were not his only victims. His victims crisscrossed the culture of this small rural town.
Media reports of child abuse are rampant. The perpetrator not only harms the child, but society often loses talented people who have much to contribute to society, as happened in the Chuck Herrick situation.
I made an imperfect list of media-published cases, mostly in 2014, and mostly in Southwestern Pennsylvania. These are only 41 cases—a sampling—there were many more cases I wasn’t efficient enough to document.
The cases may be reports of incidents or of legal action from previous incidents. While reading down the list think of the losses caused by the perpetrator on all levels. Can you then say that child abuse only affects the victim and his family?
Think of the losses not only to the direct victim, but to the victim’s family, the perpetrator’s family, and his/her organizations, community, region, state, world.
- Jason Cooper, 38, & Joseph Ruggieri III, 40, Plum Senior High School — chemistry (Cooper) and English (Ruggieri) teachers — improper relationships with female students
- Drew Zoldak, 40, Plum Senior High School — forensics in science department — naming a victim in a class
- Jerry Sandusky—Penn State assistant football coach, sexually abusing young boys
- Warren Earl Yeager, Sr. —security guard
- Stacey Dean Rambold — teacher, rape of 14-year-old student
- Ray Scott Teets, 66, of South Union – pastor – indecent contact with an 11-year-old girl, with indecent assault stemming from incidents in 1999, 2005 and 2013
- Jason Eugene Freeland, 31, Fayette Cnty., bus driver — assaulting a mentally disabled student was held for trial Wednesday on charges of rape, sexual assault and corruption of minors(13 or 14)
- Rev. Mark Hooper, 40, and 40-year-old Susan Hooper, Kane PA — underfeeding their three adopted children
- John R. Lohr, 56, Greene Cnty, Children and Youth Services advisory board member — appeared to be intoxicated when he approached the boy late one night in October 2009, pulled the boy’s pants down and forced oral sex on him
- Youth Pastor Andrew Mark Patterson, 45, North Hundingdon — been arrested in connection with a three-month child pornography investigation
I’ll end with Chuck Herrick—teacher, church organist — molesting children. The children were victimized. Their families were thrown into a world they couldn’t, wouldn’t, have chosen. If the above list hasn’t given you food for thought, read on for a long list of non-professionals who were perpetrators—sometimes fatally abusing a child.
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