Tuesday 17 January 2012

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MSNBC Pundit Makes Harrowing Confession In Wake Of Penn State

MSNBC pundit Goldie Taylor shared her own story of sexual abuse on Monday’s “Last Word,” in response to the child abuse scandal at Penn State.

Taylor had tweeted about the scandal earlier, saying that she felt “ashamed that I never had the courage to tell my own story.” She continued to share more details of her story on Twitter.

She named her abuser on her blog on Sunday.

Speaking to Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday, she called the allegations against Jerry Sandusky “deplorable” and “unthinkably evil.” She said that her anger over the cover-up at Penn State prompted her to finally speak up about her own experience.

She said, “If I’m angry that adults did not speak out then, then why am I not angry at myself for not telling my story and helping young women like me combat predators who are in our high schools and middle schools?”

She swallowed and teared up as she recounted her experience. “In my case, it was a
high school football coach. I was a varsity cheerleader in Missouri. There were other women like me and i knew it at the time. In my own fear of being blamed and shamed — even as a growing person, as an adult, a mother of children now, — I felt like i had no safe harbor to tell it.”

She recalled that she dropped out of cheerleading, debate and eventually high school. She has learned that her abuser is still coaching girls’ track. Now, she says she is heading back to St. Louis for the first time in many years to tell her story and take legal action.

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone stopped to consider that this is ONLY an allegation? While Goldie’s cause is great and her encouragement for young girls is admirable, it is completely unacceptable to expose the name of her “molester” when no trial has proved him guilty.

    I personally know Mr. Sullivan and just finished a great cross country season under his coaching. Coach “Sully” as we affectionately call him is a wonderful and dedicated coach. It is cruel to steal away his passion for coaching, destroy his reputation and ruin his dignity all based on an ALLEGATION. If this crime is unprovable, than Ms. Taylor, you have severely hurt my school. We will all miss our beloved coach.

    So I ask of you, carry on with your worthwhile campaign, but please be respectful of his name until he is officially proven guilty.


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