Denial powerful force in stopping society from dealing with child abuse

Joe Paterno is an NCAA football coaching icon. I know that because I’m not even a particular fan of NCAA football, and still I know his name. His legacy. His reputation as a great man. Joe died on Jan. 22.

But as I sit here, typing away, I know that I’ve been thinking of Joe as another sort of icon. Meaning, this column isn’t — in the end — about Joe Paterno. This column is about a pervasive phenomenon in Western civilization: denial.