Lack of education about sexual matters is, in my humble opinion, the cause of a lot of today's sexual problems. The last three paragraphs of this article point out a very telling aspect of how Joe Paterno handled the Sandusky case at Penn State University.
Interestingly there is another story about an ongoing problem of "sexualization" in the Ohio State University marching band organization. It has resulted in the dismissal of the current band director even though the practices causing the uproar have gone on for long enough to actually be considered a tradition.
Attitudes and mores are gradually changing in our society that should help reduce the incidence of these kinds of things in the future but as long as there remains a cadre of resistance against total and open sex education some of these things will happen again and again. Total ignorance is not what empowers a person against sexual harassment or even physical attack. You have to educate them about their own bodies with the same degree of effort that you put into teaching them other life skills like swimming or driving an automobile.
All to often young people are simply thrown into the fray with little or no knowledge about their own sexual desires let alone those of others. Even worse there is practically no guidance about forming and nurturing healthy relationships. It is akin to handing a kid the keys to the car and telling them to go learn to drive but be careful.
I grew up in a conservative house hold just as Jay Paterno did and my parents gave me almost no insight about sex. In fact they were embarrassed to even bring the subject up. Once I began investigating and studying it I became far more literate than either of my parents and my mother had formerly been a trained and licensed nurse.
Sex, like any other life skill, has to be taught. Sure it is instinctive and is going to happen no matter what but if we want our kids to avoid the pit falls of sex we have to teach them how to protect themselves and how to deal with relationships. It is a package that has to be taught as a unit.
If we look at modern society many factors are contributing to the destruction of the traditional family. In my opinion one key element is ignorance about ones own sexuality and handling human relationships. In many ways our modern 'virtual' world is isolating many of our young to the point that actual physical relationships are really a mystery to them.
Mind you I like technology just as much as the next person but I am amazed at how many prefer to text when they could simply call and talk directly on the same device. Short messages are fine but I see kids having whole conversations via text. Why don't they just talk? We are losing much of our interpersonal skills I am afraid.