Tonight, in an NPR broadcast treating Pennsylvania’s track record on child abuse, the discussants got it wrong. The issue is not that sexual abuse of children is not more widespread than people are willing to admit but that sexual abuse of children is more prevalent than we collectively are willing to remember. It is not coincidence that got legislation to protect animals passed 50 years before similar protections for children. It is not enough to raise a hue and cry, ‘Shame on us, America’. We actually need to DO something. Silence is permission. Inaction in this matter is action.