As a life long advocate for the protection of women and children at risk, I feel compelled to comment on the recent developments at Penn State. This event has brought greatly needed national attention to the harsh reality that child abuse can and does occur in any town, at any time, to any of our children. We continue to discover that the mechanisms currently in place to prevent and report inciden...ts of abuse often fail and therefore may not be enough. We can and should be doing more, including talking to our children about their right to feel and be safe. My hope is that this horrible tragedy will begin a long-overdue dialogue about personal responsibility and moral obligations as they relate to protecting those who cannot protect themselves. My thoughts, prayers and heart are with the victims and their families as well as my deepest respect for their courage to speak out and seek justice.