Dickey featured on SI cover confronting sexual abuse

“For their refusal to be silent victims of sexual abuse, R.A. Dickey and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison are featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated,” the magazine announced today.

“In a year when the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State rocked the sports world, award-winning SI senior writer Gary Smith asks us to re-imagine, a century from now, looking back on the plague of sexual abuse and celebrating the courage of Dickey and Harrison, who shined a light on a dark history.”

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“My heart broke for those boys in the Penn State scandal because I knew what they would be up against,” Dickey would say. “The toxicity of it all is so frightening. It energized me, made me see that there’s a real need for activism. The taboo’s been breached. Finally the elephant in the room is out—it’s raising its trunk and bellowing.”