Senior members of the Penn State administration, including head coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier, were exposed in a report yesterday for their cover-up of child rape committed by Jerry Sandusky.
Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 of 45 criminal counts of the molestation and child rape of 10 boys spanning over 15-years. Sandusky will be sentenced in the fall.
It may have been ten boys in the trial, but statistics show that male child sexual abusers who molest and rape male children, often have hundreds of victims.
The Penn State senior staff members, including Joe Paterno, are all partially responsible for any rapes which took place after Mike McQueary saw Sandusky in the shower raping a boy.
“Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI and chief investigator of the inquiry, said in remarks Thursday morning, the evidence shows that these four men also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky relating to suspected sexual misconduct with a young boy in a Penn State football locker room shower. Again, they showed no concern about that victim. The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s. At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley also failed to alert the Board of Trustees about the 1998 investigation or take any further action against Mr. Sandusky. None of them even spoke to Sandusky about his conduct. In short, nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.”
‘At the very least Paterno could have alerted the football staff?’ What a ridiculous remark! That’s like saying Paterno should have told the entire staff about a known child murderer who was hanging around the football field and no one should allow the murderer to have access to children.
“The Freeh report went onto indict senior members of the Penn State administration for the “total disregard for the safety and welfare” of Sandusky’s victims.
“Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest, ” the report states. “In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University…repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse.”
And what kind of grown men, presumably with their own children, would deliberately shove child rape under the rug? Was it merely to protect the school and their buddy? Or do any of these men have pedophilic tendencies themselves?
“Further, and perhaps more damningly, the entire structure of Penn State’s football program was criticized.
The AP reports: The report also singled out the revered Penn State football program – one built on the motto “success with honor” – for criticism. It says Paterno and university leaders allowed Sandusky to retire in 1999, “not as a suspected child predator, but as a valued member of the Penn State football legacy, with future `visibility’ at Penn State’,” allowing him to groom victims.
In terms of concrete misdoings under the law, the reports finds Penn State in violation of the Clery Act of 1990, a federal statute, “that requires the collecting and reporting of the crimes such as Sandusky committed on campus in 2001.”
I hope prosecutors try these men for aiding child rape because that is exactly what they did.
The news reporters, Penn State students, and the families of these men might want to sugar-coat this, but the minute these men chose to protect Jerry Sandusky, they became child abusers themselves.
I am a strong believer that those who aid child sex crimes are just as guilty as those who perpetrate the crime. When a person, be it a school official or a parent, knowingly allows child molestation and child rape to continue, they become part of the crime in a very serious and inexcusable way.
“In a press conference following the release of the report, Freeh placed the blame for Sandusky’s widespread child abuse firmly on the culture of the school, citing an “active agreement to conceal” the scandal, which had “more red flags than you can count.” Freeh noted that even the janitors at the school, after witnessing Sandusky raping a child, felt they could not report the incident for fear of losing their jobs, and that this was illustrative of the power of the program and the lack of accountability in play.”
Nope, you cannot place blame on a culture of people or a collective mentality. Each and every human being has the personal capacity to do the right thing at any given moment. Each person has a personal will and conscience. What those men did was a personal choice for every one of them, and the janitor who feared for his job has committed the utmost selfish act of evil –he ignored a child being raped so he could keep his paychecks coming in.
“Jay Paterno, son of Joe and himself a former member of the Penn State football program, told host Today Show host Matt Lauer that all the family has wanted is for an investigation to find the truth.
“We have never ever at any time been afraid to see what people have had to say,” he said.
He went on to call the Freeh report just “one opinion, one piece of the puzzle.
“We’ve never been afraid of the truth, so let’s have the truth come out and let’s go from there.”
Of course they have been afraid of the truth. That’s why he said it. The Paterno family and the students at Penn State don’t want the truth, that’s why Matt called the Freeh report “just one opinion.” It happens to be the opinion that he does not like. He will wait for an opinion that he agrees with and embrace it.
“Penn State’s student body for their part, stressed their continual commitment to Penn State, “It is certainly a unique time in our University’s history, but there has never been a more important time to remain Penn State. Never forget that we are 96,000 strong and remain bonded by our blue and white,” the student body said in a statement.”
And there you have it. They are committed to “remain Penn State.” Screw the truth. All they want is to protect and defend the school.
“Scott Paterno said there was no malicious cover up, people were trying to do what was right. “I know my father did not know Jerry was a pedophile and did not suspect he was a pedophile.”
“We wish he’d have been more aggressive in following up,” bust says father’s legacy will be clear in time. Scott Paterno says the family, in time will respond to specific allegations in the report.”
Oh how refreshing it would be for human beings to defend and support the truth, no matter how ugly it is, than to adhere to those who hurt children –merely because the one doing the harm is a relative.
“From what we have been able to assess at this time, it appears that after reviewing 3 million documents and conducting more than 400 interviews, the underlying facts as summarized in the report are almost entirely consistent with what we understood them to be. The 1998 incident was reported to law enforcement and investigated. Joe Paterno reported what he was told about the 2001 incident to Penn State authorities and he believed it would be fully investigated.”
Once Joe Paterno failed to follow up on what he was told about Sandusky in the shower with a little boy, he failed every child that was raped or molested afterwards.
I believe Joe Paterno did not follow up because he did not want to know the truth. He was perfectly happy in believing that, because the entire incident was hushed up, it meant Sandusky was innocent.
Human beings believe what they want to believe. They see and hear with the mind, not the eyes and ears.