In an emotional segment on WFAA/Channel 8 Sunday night, sports anchor Dale Hansen, led to speak out by the Penn State scandal, revealed that he had been sexually molested when he was 10 years old.
"Who stands to cheer for the victim of a sexual assault?" Hansen, voice occasionally breaking, said during the segment. "And much like cancer, we all know a victim. It might be a child in your family ... a cousin or a brother ... the kid on the corner ... a kid in your class. We all know somebody. You might not think you do, but I know you do.
"Because you all know me."
Hansen then told the story of how he was molested by a 16-year-old boy on an Iowa ballfield when he was 10. The assault didn't get as far as the reported assaults in the Penn State cases, but Hansen chose to stay quiet about it, not even telling his family.
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"But I never told my dad," Hansen says. "I never told anybody. And too many times in the last month, I've had to ask myself how many little boys didn't get away? How many lives did that monster ruin because I didn't tell?"
Hansen encourages parents to talk to their children -- and more important, to make sure that their children aren't afraid to talk to them.
But this doesn't do it justice. The only person who can do it justice is Hansen himself. The story has already gone viral, and it's currently the most-read item on the WFAA website. But if you haven't seen it, here's the full clip.