Ah sports, the subject that can never be spoiled enough with crimes against children.
This is the shit that makes you want to give up on humanity, or at least organized sports.
Sandusky, legendary assistant coach and pillar of the community, has been charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse to boys in a scandal that has also prompted Joe Paterno’s firing and rattled the state of Pennsylvania.
This is including at least one case of Sandusky anally raping a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State football team’s locker room. F-ing SICK!!!!
The issues that seem to be bothering people:
1) Who really knew about what Sandusky was doing?
2) Did Head Coach of Penn State football, Joe Paterno really know what Sandusky was doing and he didn’t report it?
3) How many kids did Sandusky sexually molest?
4) Why didn’t anyone do something when in 1998 the first accusations surfaced?
No, this isn’t about 84-year-old Joe Paterno not taking more steps with Jerry Sandusky that might have stopped it. It’s about everybody not taking more steps that might have stopped it. Not parents, not teachers, not uncles, not friends, not counselors. It’s about everyone.
Nobody seems to be able to explain why the chain of command at the university failed at its duties, or why Joe Paterno appears to have fallen short of the moral standards he set for Penn State when he started there 44 years ago – when he devised a concept known as the Grand Experiment that would find a way to balance big-time athletics and academics.
Nobody can explain why a school that taught us all to believe that success and honor were inexorably intertwined could have apparently put its own interests above those of abused children. Why it took five days for a sane and reasonable voice of the university – John Surma, vice chairman of the board of trustees; who stoically weathered a nationally televised press conference – to show up and apologize in something more than a published statement.
There are a lot of people who still cannot believe that Joe Paterno would have condoned such actions, and I understand their denial. There is universal outrage on behalf of the victims of these crimes, and I share in that outrage above all else.
IT’S REALLY ABOUT THE VICTIMS
If these boys really were molested, groped and raped by a middle-aged ex-Penn State football coach, then whatever misjudgment Joe Paterno made will be a single lit match compared to the bonfire these boys will walk in for years to come.
Sexually molestation victims usually are never able to trust others. They usually have big emotional barriers that prevent them from being able to truly love themselves and others.
Don’t feel sorry for Paterno. He’s had his life. Feel sorry for these boys, because they may never get one.
One reported victim in the Penn State case, now 24, has been living with that kind of hole growing inside him since he made allegations against Sandusky in 1998 — 13 years ago. Those allegations never led to charges. That’s 13 years of not being believed, of knowing his alleged perpetrator was out there, volunteering at high schools and running his grisly camp “tours” of the shower room.
According to the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News, one victim was often taken out of class by Sandusky to be further molested. He was just taken out of school by somebody who wasn’t his parent, with no questions asked until his mother finally called the principal and asked her to check into it. Later that day, the principal called back in tears. “You need to come down here right now.”
Well, I personally hope that if Jerry Sandusky is found guilty, that he spends the rest of his life in jail. The same if it is discovered that Joe Paterno knew about Sandusky evil and did nothing about it.
The real losers are the victims, who damage may never heal, and Penn State whose legacy now includes this scandal.