How Could That Have Happened?

How could Larry Nasser get away with molesting so many girls for so long? 

Nassar during his active pedophilia days


To answer that question, I’ll ask a few others.

How was Jerry Sandusky able to sexually abuse boys for years, though others had reported his behavior?

How was a serial sexual predator elected president of the United States, even though the entire country knew about his predatory behavior?

How was Hitler able to convince an entire country to do his bidding and murder millions of Jews?

How was the US able to kidnap persons from another continent, bring them here to the US, enslave them… and consider the practice not only legal, but morally appropriate? And how is it that some of us want to pretend the past has no impact on the present and that the ghosts of those enslaved don’t continue to haunt us?

How is it that our military and federal government officials have for years looked the other way while Afghan military leaders sexually molest young boys?

And how is it that despite the frequency of mass shootings in the US, we are not willing to address the problem?

Oh, but what led to each of those incidents was way different. But…  was it really?

Feel free to offer a reasoned response; save your party propaganda for Twitter. 

19 thoughts on “How Could That Have Happened?

  1. I believe our patriarchal society has led us to all of these problems and issues. Equality of all people could lead us to a solution. My hope is that we can get there. The norms we live under and teach our kids have to change.

  2. sadly we always ask this question after something happened…warnings in advance are lies and those who see the bad things coming get a muzzler… we are a mighty fine species…sigh…

  3. It’s the thing isn’t it? They look non-descript to the naked eye, they don’t have a tattoo on their foreheads saying creeper! And they use threats, but we can but hope it doesn’t continue and the victims don’t feel they have to keep quiet. Cheers,H

  4. Good questions. These individuals seem to build strong support networks around them who cover up for them and hide their crimes. How do they build those networks? And why would anyone take a job enabling someone?

  5. As someone who was an athlete in my younger days I can somewhat understand how this guy kept it up even though the girls were saying things weren’t right. First off these girls were really young and dollars to donuts this man did not insert his fingers into inappropriate places when their parents were in the room with him watching. The girls were probably too embarrassed to say “hey mom, is it okay for this guy to insert his fingers into me?” These young girls were told this therapy massage was part of the training program. A lot of sports have rub-downs/massages after work outs or before competitions. They are harmless but I could totally see how it could go wrong. When you are young you have practically no control over any part of your life, you are so vulnerable.

    1. Actually the doctor DID inset his fingers into the girls’ vaginas while their parents were in the room; he just positioned himself so the parents couldn’t see what he was doing. That was part of his way to control the girls.

  6. I can’t quote this completely, but it ends…”And when they came for the Jews, I looked away because I wasn’t a Jew. And then they came for me…but there was no one left to help me…”

      1. We all need to speak up and know our voices will be heard. Assuming ‘someone else’ will take care of it results in this kind of mentality. Yet sexual predatory behavior continues and flourishes because of the power aspect of it. No one wants to share they ‘allowed’ someone to touch us in inappropriate places.

        Here’s the full quote: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
        Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
        Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
        Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
        ~German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller

  7. In my life a lot of what has happened I have fobbed off. I wasn’t raped, rape happens to other people, you get hurt, it’s forceful and painful and not what happened to me… he was a nice guy, a friend of a friend… I didn’t say no so technically how was he to know…ok, I was very drunk and not always occasionally lacking of consciousness…but still… so was he. He wouldn’t have meant it…


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