Beyond, of course whether one should be in a position of authority or not. At least one of the above should not be, that would be at least the latter should not be. Of course if your teacher by this point is Eido Shimano, you've got bigger problems than I can address here; I would suggest an alternative.
That's not my point here, or rather everyone stipulates to the point that these sexual abusers don't belong in a position of authority.
My point is that there may be some people who think that beyond the authority question, there is a fundamental difference between Teacher X (insert your teacher here) and Eido Shimano or Sasaki etc.
Or me. Or you. If someone's Teacher X says they are fundamentally different from Eido Shimano, I can't imagine who would have authorized them. If someone's Teacher X says they are not fundamentally different from Eido Shimano, then what does that say about how we conduct ourselves with regard to the wrongful behavior of Shimano?
Yes, the holding of the precepts applies here. It takes skill. Here's something somewhat related to what I'm talking about.
If in your domain the enemy has hurt you,
Why should you torture your own mind,
This lies not in the enemy's territory?
Your kind family you left all behind,
Why don't you leave your enemy also,
and the hate, that brings so much torment?
We truly entertain & play with this gnawing
anger, which brings any good one wish to purify
to sole ruin, complete fiasco and full failure!!!
Can there exist any greater fool, than one in Anger?
When someone has done us wrong,
We fly into hot rage and fierce fury!
But why then do we thus repeat and commit
the same evil as we just blamed the others?
If somebody while wishing to worry you,
Has done you some wrong and vile thing,
Why do you worry then yourself,
And thereby satisfy his wish?
If you are in rage, and longing for revenge,
whether you return some evil to him or not,
You will evermore torture yourself with the
pain that always inherently is born of any hate!
If, out of rage and anger, your enemy
Should do you some real wrong & harm,
Why do you imitate his evil behaviour
By growing blind hate in your own mind?
That wrath and hate, through which the foe
Has done you some unpleasant thing,
That inner hate, indeed, you should destroy!
Then how can you worry without any cause?
Since moment after moment all vanishes,
so too will vanish those five groups and
clusters of clinging that have done you harm!
Who is it then you're angry with?
Nothing is left out there! It is all gone now!
If one person hates another person,
Whom does he hurt most, if not himself!
We are thus the cause of our own pain,
Why then do we hate the others after all?
Source: Visuddhimagga IX,22
The right-wing war-bloggers did not get Osama bin Laden; their blogging was only an outlet for their righteous and unrighteous rage. It had no effect in regard to making anyone whole after 9/11. And we lefty bloggers never did get to bring Dick Cheney to justice either.
I didn't "get" any of the bad "teachers" and in fact that wasn't my intention. My intention was to point out "that" is not the Buddhism I know about and endeavor to practice (and often make mistakes in practice).
I think my point's obvious: in dealing with these scandals, where's the 功夫? Where's the accomplished skill on the part of those responding to it? If "naming and shaming" doesn't work for your behavior why would you think it does here? If war-blogging didn't catch Osama bin Laden why do you think it does here? Or is the real purpose of the "naming and shaming" to provide an outlet for rage? To allow the namer and shaker to vicariously participate in an abuser's abuse by allowing them to keep space in one's mind rather than focus on how to extinguish the situation?
I suspect what I've written here might not go over well with many folks, but yeah, Teacher X and righteous blogger, the precepts applies to you if you've taken them, just as they apply to me.