Having heard Sandusky’s interview, I’m even more convinced of his guilt. The more i learn about this the more thoroughly disturbed I become. He is not outraged by the accusations. I think anyone being falsely accused of something so sweeping and so horrific would be upset. He’s oddly calm during the interview. So far, the toll is up to about 50. What are the odds of all 50 people lying about this? Seriously…
I’m sure there will be more as time passes. It takes time for a lot of victims to gather their courage to let it be known that this has happened to them. It’s particularly difficult for males becauase they feel like they should be able to at least protect themselves. As the group becomes larger, others will be drawn to join it because there is a certian amount of courage you can borrow from others who have been through the same thing. That borrowed courage may be enough to push them past the tipping point and allow them to go public. The biggest problem with a case like this is that you never really find all the victims. If you can’t find them, you can’t help them. If standard rape reporting stastics are any indication, the real size of the group is at minimum 150 and possibly as high as 500. The best esitmates range that only 1 in 3 to 1 in 10 male rapes are ever reported.
I don’t think that a lot of people realize just how big an issue this is. There is even an investigation here in Texas because of it. It’s very likely that he was abusing young boys on the “away” games for Penn State. And apparently Penn State played at least one game in San Antonio, TX where a boy says he was abused by Sandusky.
This is horrible and it’s only getting worse. I think its patently obvious that he’s nothing more than a predatory old lecher. I feel very sorry of his family members. If he’s like this with other people’s children, what was it like to be a nephew or a son or even a neighbors kid? I wonder if Paterno let Sandusky ever take his kids or his grandkids to any of the Second Mile events? Think any of the Penn State people like the former president, Graham Spanier, let his grandkids spend the night at Jerry Sandusky’s house?
Instead of being what every university is supposed to be – a beacon of knowledge and safe haven – instead became a hideous cloak of concealment for one of the worst kinds of predators. Universities, by their very nature, are supposed to be that shine the light of truth into dark corners. Truly shameful behavor and a fundamental violation of what a university is. Penn State, by keeping silent and allowing this to continue unabated and unchecked, not only were you not a light you became a corner of darkness. I don’t even know how to express how fundamentally flawed that is. You have taught some bad lessons to everyone – but most espeically those boys. Universities are supposed to be teaching morals, ethics and philosophy. How are you to teach what you apparently do not have?
I don’t really care if you or any one of your employees had a legal duty to report. You had a moral duty. You had an ethical duty. Your only defense is that you didn’t beleive the accusations. If you didn’t beleive McQueary or if you thought him the kind of person who randomly make such serious accusations, why did you give him a job? The fact that you kept him on after he graduated is perhaps one of the more telling facts in this story that no one seems to be latching onto. If you thought his statements were in anyway spurious or to be distrusted at all, why would hire him to be full time staffer? Why not simply let him graduate and go his way?
And who has Jerry Sandusky retained to defend him? Joe Amendola. Many of you may not know who this is. An attorney friend of my from Connetticut pointed out to me that Mr. Amendola has has own proclivites for underage sex partners. He was apparently representing one Mary Iavasile who was just 16 back in 1996 for an emancipation petition. During that, it was discovered that Mr. Amendola who was 49 at the time, had gotten her pregnant. So now we have one lecherous old son of biscuit defending another……