Most of you are aware by now, that one of Sandusky’s accusers says that, while being raped in the basement of the Sandusky home, Mrs. Sandusky was in the house. The accuser says he screamed for help and no one came.
First off, it would be highly unusual for a man to make up allegations of rape by another man. Secondly, it is even more rare for a person to falsely accuse someone of child rape and to say that the wife of the accused was home at the time, and possibly ignored a child’s screams for help.
Dorothy Sandusky says the accusations are false and believes her husband is innocent.
Any honest woman, who knew nothing about her husband being a child sexual abuser, and who is faced with statements from eyewitnesses like McQueary, and faced with a Grand jury report and her husband’s own damning words in television interviews, would not publicly defend him. Some people might say she is “in denial” but my opinion is that Jerry Sandusky probably had his wife’s silent approval to abuse boys.
She has stated, “I continue to believe in his innocence.” This is an interesting comment, and it may be Freudian. She continues to believe in his innocence. This could infer that, at the time of the alleged crimes… she had an idea, belief, or suspicion that abuse was taking place. The statement is also a form of serious denial. ‘No matter how bad the accusations, and no matter how potent the evidence becomes, I will continue to deny that my husband has harmed a child.’
Of course there is a possibility that she did not hear the child screaming. But given the fact that Sandusky allegedly felt brazen enough to sexually molest and rape children in the basement of his own home, he most likely felt safe enough to do it.
Any woman who would stand by her husband after learning all the evidence against him, and after seeing his interviews, is a woman who -for her own convenience- turned a blind eye to what her husband was doing. In my opinion, Dorothy either chose not to see, or she facilitated known abuse.
What the hell did she think her husband was doing down there in the basement with little boys?
“One civil litigation lawyer who read Wednesday’s grand jury report, Joseph T. Musso in Alexandria, Va., said he saw nothing in the victim’s statement that on its face would give rise to criminal or civil liability for Dottie Sandusky.
But, Musso said, “ordinary people will likely ask themselves, ‘How does she not know what’s going on?'”
The explanation may be complicated.
It is not unusual for family members to shut out or deny the abuse of others at the hands of a family member, analysts say.
For instance, they can do it out of fear, hopelessness, helplessness or psychosis, said Harold J. Bursztajn, co-founder of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School.
“You have a variety of flavors of denial,” Bursztajn said.”
Yes, but denial is always self-serving. In these kind of cases, the woman usually knows something, and denies it for her own self-interests.