November 26, 2011
A Law Prof's Courageous Public Reckoning with Being a Sexual Abuse Victim as a Child
Law prof Mark McKenna speaks out for the first time about being victim of sexual abuse on Slate. From the opening paragraph of The Cruel Lesson of Penn State: How what happened in State College forced me to confront my own abuse:
A student raised his hand in my torts class last week and asked whether Joe Paterno might be exposed to liability for failing to tell the police about Jerry Sandusky’s alleged sexual assault of a young boy in the Penn State locker room. It was a perfectly legitimate question—we had been studying tort law’s general reluctance to impose liability for omitting to act. And it didn’t come as a surprise—I have always encouraged students to bring current events to class, and the Penn State situation was nearly impossible to avoid last week. Still, I had prayed no one would ask about it because I was not sure I could make it through any sort of answer. As I’d feared, the question stopped me cold.
Hat tip to Orin Kerr's post on The Volokh Conspiracy. [JH]