It's how John Enriquez, who says he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest as an altar boy, sees the wave of allegations of molestations and cover-ups involving Penn State University.
"To me, it's the same thing," said the 43-year-old Oxnard, Calif., resident, comparing the mushrooming Pennsylvania drama to the clergy abuse scandal. "People in power abusing the power. People with the trust of the people thinking they can get away with it."
Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is charged with sexually molesting eight boys, many of whom he met through a charity he started for troubled youths. The university's athletic director and a vice president are charged with not telling authorities about a then-graduate assistant who told coach Joe Paterno he saw Sandusky in the shower with a 10-year-old boy.
The scandal brought down the 84-year-old Paterno, who was fired Wednesday.
Enriquez follows the scandal. He thinks Sandusky should end up in a general population ward in jail. He said the people who knew but didn't act are just as guilty. He said it with acknowledged weariness.
"It's just like another one," he said, placing Penn State next to the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America and other institutions accused of doing too little to stop abuse. "It's hard to put in words. I don't care anymore. The right people don't get punished."
The scandal has focused attention on the adequacy of laws protecting children and mandating teachers and others to report the abuse.
But that's not the issue, said Ferol Mennen, a social worker and USC professor who researches child abuse and neglect.
Instead, the take-home message is people put institutions ahead of children.
"We talk a lot about how valuable (children) are, but when it comes to ensuring their welfare, we do a pretty poor job of it," she said. "The issue is that people don't see that the welfare of children is more important then their particular institution."
People don't believe people they know could be molesters, Mennen said. But abusers rarely are strangers -- they're people children trust.
"We feel more comfortable if we think it's a stranger because then we don't have to look very closely at those around us," she said.
Mandated reporting varies by state. In California, it include teachers, aides, camp administrators, foster parents, school security guards, any organization's employees whose duties involve direct contact with children, firefighters, surgeons and animal control officers.
There are enough of them, said Thomas Dunlevy, a Ventura, Calif., deputy district attorney who works on a sexual assault unit. But sometimes people who should report don't.
"I think usually when something is not reported it's because of some type of divided loyalty, or loyalty to the abuser instead of the abused," he said. "It is twisted."
Because he's a football fan from Ohio and works with children for a living, Bill Locker has followed the Penn State stories closely. He even read the grand jury testimony that alleged a 28-year-old graduate assistant saw Sandusky in the shower with a boy and told his father and then Paterno -- but not police.
"That makes my skin crawl," said Locker, CEO of the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club. "You don't go back to your office and call your father. You go to your office and call police."
Boys & Girls Club employees go through a background check and fingerprint scans, Locker said. They hear constant talk from administrators about boundaries and how to show children support without crossing lines. They also are mandated reporters.
"If they knew of abuse and they didn't report it, they would be fired," Locker said.
The abuse alleged in Pennsylvania is like the clergy abuse scandal, said Manny Vega, an Oxnard, Calif., private investigator and businessman who said a priest molested him from about age 11 to 15. But it's also different.
"Because you're putting God in there," he said. "The betrayal of faith you add that to sexual abuse, and that's beyond comprehension."
The scandals keep happening in part because people have become desensitized. They label molestation as sex abuse and don't really think about what the words mean, Vega said. Vega is one of many who also has a theory on why abuse is sometimes followed by alleged institutional cover-ups.
"It's all about the money," he said. "The loss of revenue, the loss of donating fans and donating parishioners."
(Contact Tom Kisken of the Ventura County Star in California at www.vcstar.com.)