Are you kidding me? An 85 year-old man, who has lived a lifetime, and who is far from sheltered, has never heard that men are raped!?
It was a child Mr. Paterno, not a man.
And just because you have never heard of a certain type of sexual crime against a child, it doesn’t mean you ignore it.
The Washington Post has gotten the first interview with Joe Paterno since Paterno was fired in the wake of the allegations of child rape against Jerry Sandusky.
Below is Paterno’s version of what happened in 2002 when Mike McQueary told Joe Paterno that he heard slapping sounds, saw a naked Sandusky with his arm around a naked boy in the locker room shower, and witnessed several mintues of what McQueary felt was child rape.
From the Post:
“McQueary, sitting at Paterno’s kitchen table, told him that he had been at the football building late the evening before when he heard noises coming from the shower.
“He was very upset and I said why, and he was very reluctant to get into it,” Paterno said. “He told me what he saw, and I said, what? He said it, well, looked like inappropriate, or fondling, I’m not quite sure exactly how he put it. I said you did what you had to do. It’s my job now to figure out what we want to do. So I sat around. It was a Saturday. Waited till Sunday because I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. And then I called my superiors and I said, ‘Hey, we got a problem, I think. Would you guys look into it?’ Cause I didn’t know, you know. We never had, until that point, 58 years I think, I had never had to deal with something like that. And I didn’t feel adequate.”
Paterno sat around? He waited until Sunday? I wonder if any more boys were raped during the time Paterno sat around on a nice Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning? When he finally decided to take action, he asked two men who were not even there, and who did not have the allegations relayed to them personally, to “look into it.”
“I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was,” he said. “So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”
What he meant was this: “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize the university.”
Paterno’s superiors were the athletic director Tim Curley and the university vice president Gary Schultz. Curley and Schultz have both been charged with failing to report suspected child abuse, and both are charged with purgery.
“Paterno set up a meeting for McQueary with Curley and Schultz, and McQueary has said he was more graphic in his description of what he witnessed. If he’d done that while talking to Paterno, Paterno isn’t sure it would have made much of a difference — or pushed him to report the act to the authorities.”
I wonder how long it took to set up the meeting? How many more times was a child raped before the meeting even took place? and Paterno isn’t sure that being more graphic would have caused him to take different action?
“You know, he didn’t want to get specific,” Paterno said. “And to be frank with you I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man. So I just did what I thought was best. I talked to people that I thought would be, if there was a problem, that would be following up on it.”
Paterno admits right here that rape was described to himself and to his superiors. What did these men need to do something? A videotape of the rape probably would not have jarred them into action either. Did they need to be raped themselves to figure out that a child needs help, and that a sexual predator needs to be stopped immediately?
The Post reports:
“The Paternos (Joe and his wife, Sue) discuss the alleged victims of child abuse and compare them to their children. “I got three boys and two girls,” Paterno said. “It’s sickening. … Violence is not the way to handle it,” he said. “But for me, I’d get a bunch of guys and say let’s go punch somebody in the nose.” Sue went further. “If someone touched my child, there wouldn’t be a trial, I would have killed them,” she said. “That would be my attitude, because you have destroyed someone for life.”
Oh, so if it had been one of their own children, things would have been quite different! The Paternos are essentially saying that if their child had been raped by Sandusky, then they would have taken different action.
But because it was someone else’s child, they never said a word and let it go for ten years; until someone else decided to stop it.