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Joe Paterno speaks.

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Joe Paterno basically says he didn’t know that he had to report the rape of a child to police. Bullshit.

Even if he didn’t know he was legally obliged to report what he knew about a CHILD being SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, how did he not think about a moral obligation to protect someone who is innocent and incapable of protecting themself, also known as a child?!

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  • quip Joe Amendola, the defense attorney for former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, remarked that anybody who believed an account of Sandusky sodomizing a young boy in a gym shower “should call 1-800-REALITY.”
  • oops The punch-line of Amendola’s somewhat unsympathetic joke contained a plug for a service he likely didn’t realize; 1-800-REALITY is a paid, gay sex phone chat line, which bills itself as “the hottest place for triple-X action.” source

Sometimes ‘irony’ isn’t funny, it’s just plain sad.

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inothernews:

1)  Yes, because the first thing you think of when you think of Penn State is “protection of children,” and 2) Hahahahahahaha, “rethinking” the role of football at Penn State?  Bull fucking shit.

I’m pretty sure this should not be at the top of Penn State’s priorities!

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Syracuse fires Bernie Fine, coach accused of molestation: The case against Fine, who has faced these allegations for many years, intensified in recent weeks for multiple reasons. First, ESPN reported the story after a second victim came forward. Second, a third victim came forward after ESPN ran the story. And third, a particularly devastating phone call with a woman, believed to be Fine’s wife Laurie, was recorded by one of the alleged victims. In the phone call, the woman said this to the victim: “I know everything that went on, you know. I know everything that went on with him … Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues … And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted …” (To add a particularly strange angle to the story, the victim who recorded the call says he had a sexual relationship with Laurie Fine when he was 18, which he later told the coach about.) All in all, the allegations became too much for Fine to overcome, and the school let him go Sunday night.

In case you did not read about this last week…

This is turning into a situation just as deplorable for the victims as at Penn State, with one huge difference - there appears to be no cover-up at Syracuse as there appears to have been at Penn State.

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“You have nothing to feel ashamed of. I want you to know you didn’t do anything wrong. Please know that you were chosen by a monster. It’s not your fault. You didn’t ask for it and, most of all, you didn’t deserve it.”

Writer-director Tyler Perry • In an open letter, published by The Daily Beast, to an 11-year-old alleged victim in the Jerry Sandusky case. “Do you know that at the young age of 11 you had more courage than all the adults who let you down?” he writes. “All of the ones who didn’t go to the proper authorities, all of the ones who were worried about their careers, reputations, or livelihoods. All of the ones who didn’t want to get involved. Or even the ones who tried to convince your mother not to fight. You are stronger than them all! I wonder what they would have done if it were their own child.” You rock, Tyler.

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"One of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged molestation victims, now 17 years old, has left his high school after bullies blamed him for the firing of Penn State’s football coach Joe Paterno."

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"But what most struck the investigators, according to people with knowledge of the current case, was that the university itself seemed to have done nothing in the wake of the police investigation. Whether that was because other senior officials at Penn State did not know of the investigation or because they knew of it, but chose to do nothing, is a central question for investigators today."

"the university itself seemed to have done nothing in the wake of the police investigation"

This negates EVERYTHING I learned not just in my Higher Ed Law class but in my Capstone course! 

Here’s another blurb to turn your stomach!

Some investigators said they were convinced that the idea that Sandusky had an inappropriate interest in, and relationships with, young boys was a fairly widely held suspicion around and even outside Penn State’s football program over the years.  

“This was not the secret that they are trying to make out now,” one person involved in the inquiry said. “I know there were a number of college coaches that had heard the rumors. If all these people knew about it, how could Sandusky’s superiors not know?”  

In fact, according to McQueary, at least a few did.

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"And I have fully lost faith in the leadership of my parents’ generation." Penn State, my final loss of faith By Thomas L. Day

Reading this article made me think about our nation’s struggles in a whole new light.  During grad school I was often annoyed by various conversations, both in and out of class, about Millennials.  We discussed attributes, challenges, and how older generations did not understand Millennials.  I was often bothered about how the conversation rarely turned to take a focused look at said older generations.

Thomas L. Day offers strong examples of how leaders among the Baby Boomber generation have failed our country and society.  I believe he makes it clear to not blame the generation as whole but certainly pegs the leadership of the generation for poor, and often selfish, choices. 

This article will resonate with me for a long time and I hope it resonates with others as well.  I think it would be interesting to see research done about the Baby Boomer’s affects on society, not to direct blame but, to analyze.  As long as the research would go beyond how Baby Boomers will destroy Social Security by their mere volume.

From a higher ed stand point, this article really had my mind churning but this quote in particular, besides the one in this post’s title, made me take pause:

Perhaps the most vivid illustration this week of our leaderless culture came with the riots in State College that followed Paterno’s dismissal. The display resembled Lord of the Flies. Without revered figures from the older generation to lead them, thousands of students at one of the country’s best state universities acted like children home alone.

I among many were disheartened by the protests going on at Penn State last week.  Students were cheering support for a man who ignored child sexual assault allegations of a co-worker while other students were fearful about speaking out against this man’s actions to their peers. With a better understanding of sexual assault and one’s responsibility to report, especially in the case of a child, could we have seen a different reaction from these students?  

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inothernews:

This one goes out to all of the fucking idiots at Penn State who are still so very much angry that Joe Paterno was fired.

Wake the fuck up, people, and stop talking about your precious JoePa’s tarnished reputation, because FUCK YOU, YOUR SCHOOL AND YOUR FOOTBALL PROGRAM PROTECTED A CHILD RAPIST AND PEDOPHILE, AND THAT IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE RIOTING ABOUT.

While I would like to remove the name calling, I definitely agree with what has been said here.  This awful story is taking an awful turn for the The mindset certainly needs to be different and there also needs to be a complete explanation of the ramifications of doing nothing meant to these victims.  This could have ended and been prevented for some. Should these rumors be proven to be true, we are looking at many more victims than originally thought.

Let’s see who else may get arrested in the coming weeks.

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The Jerry Sandusky situation seems a matter of failure to connect certain dots, or perhaps unwillingness in that regard. Lots of people besides the former Penn State defensive coordinator have some explaining to do.

Allegations of improper conduct with an underage male first surfaced in 1998, while Sandusky was still employed by Penn State. That incident allegedly occurred in a shower at Penn State’s on-campus football facility. No charges were filed.

Sandusky retired the next year, in 1999. He was 55, prime age for a coach. Odd, to say the least - especially with Joe Paterno thought even then to be ready to quit and Sandusky a likely, openly-discussed successor.

It seems logical to ask: What did Paterno know, and when did he know it? What did Penn State’s administration know, and when did they know it?

Best-case scenario: Charges are never brought, and Sandusky walks away with his reputation permanently scarred. The rumors, the jokes, the sideways glances - they won’t ever stop. Paterno and Penn State do the great escape.

Worst-case scenario: Sandusky is charged. Then it seems reasonable to wonder: Did Penn State not make an issue of Sandusky’s alleged behavior in 1998 in exchange for him walking away from the program at an age premature for most coaches? Did Penn State’s considerable influence help get Sandusky off the hook?

Don’t kid yourself. That could happen. Don’t underestimate the power of Paterno and Penn State in central Pennsylvania when it comes to politicians, the police and the media.

…there’s no shortage of stories and rumors about Penn State football sweeping problems under the rug, is there?

Why did college football let an accomplished coach like Sandusky walk away at 55? Why did he disappear into relative anonymity?

A grand jury, spurred by a complaint made by a 15-year-old boy in 2009, has been investigating Sandusky for 18 months. Witnesses include Paterno and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley. Interviewing Paterno about a subject like this had to have been one of the single most uncomfortable acts in the history of jurisprudence.

Plenty of questions remain yet unanswered. Potentially among them: What’s more important, Penn State football or the welfare of a few kids?

You might not want to hear the answer.

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The Beaver County Times, in an column by Mark Madden written on APRIL 3, 2011.

Jesus H. Christ.

(h/t ryeisenberg)

I really think when all is said and done, we’re going to see more people losing their jobs at Penn State, we’re going to possibly see board members choosing to leave their tenure out of frustration and disappointment, a drop in donations to the university and potentially a small drop in enrollment.  

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