Monday, November 7, 2011

what's going on at Penn State

Wile casually watching college football this Saturday, a story stopped me in my tracks when it came on during half time of one of the games.
Friday, former Penn St defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted with 40 counts of sexual abuse towards a minor.
There are 8 different boys said to be involved and the acts happens for at least a 15 year period between 1994 and 2009.
Sandusky was the offensive coordinator for Penn st university for 30 years retiring after the 1999 season.
However, he continued to work for a non prophet called second mile he founded in 1977.
an organization dedicated to help improve the self esteem of Pennsylvania youth through many different programs.
According to the website, to help children receive positive human interaction.
Jerry wrote about it in his autobiography sadly titled Touched.

Sandusky held many football camps at Penn St where many of these acts took place even after he retired in 1999.
There were rumblings about his behavior in 1998 which were brought to the attention of Athletic director Tim Curley who dismissed the claims.
The other shoe dropped in 2002 when a Graduate assistant reported to legendary coach Joe Paterno that he saw Sandusky engaged in sex acts with a young boy in the shower in the locker room.
According to Paterno, the next day, he notified the Athletic director that his grad assistant saw inappropriate activity between sandusky and the boy saying later it was obvious the assistant was distraught but he didn't know specifics.
The coach didn't call the police instead leaving it up to the Athletic director and higher ups and the school to take action as he felt because Sandusky was no longer working for him, this was the best way to handle the inquiry.
Along with Sandusky being charged on Friday, Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president of business and finance Gary Schultz were both charged with 1 count of perjury following a 2 year investigation.
According to the district a tourney, they both failed to report the incident to police or child protective services.
The men testified they were told that Sandusky was horsing around and nothing serious went on while documents and the stories of Paterno and the grad assistant contradict them completely.
As of now, Curley has taken administrative leave in order to work on his defense while Shultz has stped back in to retirement.
I feel bad for the wonderful fans and alumni of Penn St
My x-wife's family live in that area.
It's a great place to raise a family, you couldn't meet people more hardworking or hospitable than the people of central Pennsylvania and they love there Nitanny Lions!
However, this case is all about the young men and boys who were already on shaky ground, trusted these men and were violated.
Each man including Perterno should be held responsible for this.
All could have stopped this sexual predator years ago.
Paterno wasn't charged like the athletic director or the vice president but when kids are involved you don't tell you're boss, you tell the police.
No one followed up to even find out who the kid was and what specifically happened.
Also, the President of the University said while it was horrible what happens, he supported Curley and Schultz and felt they did everything with the utmost integrity.
Coach Joe Paterno needs no introduction to even the casual college football fan.
He has the most wins among all division I college football coaches, is 84 with no intention of leaving.
Although in recent years, many alumni have been wanting him to leave purely for team performance reasons.
Along with the president of the University, I think Paterno should resign or be fired as well.
While there is no doubt he did great things for college football, this is going to stay with him and the entire Penn St program needs to clean up now and distance itself from all who knew about this situation.
While reading about this, I thought about how our society views sexual abuse especially when boys or young men are involved.
Seems like every week we here about a teacher charged with having sex with her 13-year-old student.
To be honest, my friends and I would joke about that when we were in College and ask each other, where were teachers like that when we were in school?
It goes without saying, it's nothing to joke about.
I've spoken to boys and read many testimonies from them and their parents detailing how inappropriate sexual behavior by authorities have changed the way they look at life, not to mention future relationships.
It confused them not only sexually but mentally and physically as well.
Because they are male, they are less likely to confide in anyone about the abuse especially if it was rendered by another man.
As a society, we need to report these things when we see them, not leave it up to the next guy.
It's our duty to listen to our children even when they are talking small talk and ask them questions when something just doesn't ad up.
Most importantly, weather they are girl or boy, we need to let them know that they aren't the problem, the Jerry Sandusky's of the world are and we're not going to let them steel their youth!

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