Not to have you believe that only rich and powerful men seduce and corrupt young women:
It is not just our daughters who are in danger:
There is evil that really has no name but it does have a face:
Sometimes it is a wonder that we as parents actually let our children out of the house. Of course that would not protect them from creepy Uncle Joe who hugs just a little too long.
The grand jury report that delivered Gerry Sandusky to our television screens and newspapers was filled with content that hinted that someone knew about the abuse of boys in State College.
There are at least two incidents that claim that two different people witnessed Sandusky in the act and walked away.
For a very long time, I cried for the boys whose lives have been forever altered.
I cursed the names Sandusky.
I had a punch on sight standing order for Mike McQuery…actually that might still be in effect I just won’t confirm or deny for legal reasons.
Through it all, I agreed with Penn State’s decision to fire all of the administrators that might have known…as early as 1998.
I chose to stand by the image of a man who I knew by the name of Joe Paterno, Joe Pa to those whose lives he touched and groomed.
It was beyond hard for me to believe that Paterno, who by all reports and encounters was a “man’s man”, would have listened to Mike McQuery describe in detail the anal rape of an 11 year old boy, and #1 not kick McQuery’s ass for walking away #2 not kick Sandusky’s ass for being a pedophile #3 not make sure that legal action happens.
That just did not compute for me.
If it was that hard for me, who doubts everything, I wonder how difficult it was for those less cynical. I imagine it was difficult.
Difficult doesn’t condone what has now been revealed as a widespread cover up.
I will mourn the loss of the image of Paterno that I had, but I mourn more the lost childhoods of Sandusky’s victims.
On July 23, 2012 the NCAA delivered its judgment on the culture of silence that existed at Penn State.
The NCAA has all types of blood on its own hands for other reasons, but its obliteration of Penn State’s Football program might just be the death of Penn State the college.
The NCAA passed out sanctions that include:
- a $60 million dollar fine to Penn State. The money will be used to create a fund for victims of child sexual abuse
- No bowl appearances for 4 years.
- The number of scholarships the college can offer reduced by 10
- Any current player or committed recruit has the option to transfer to another school without penalty
- The erasure of Penn State’s football record from 1998 – 2012.
What a world. It’s really getting to the point where you can’t create a culture of child sex abuse without major fall out. – Catholic Church