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  •  I agree that Paterno failed to protect children, (3+ / 0-)
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    ConfusedSkyes, elwior, Mila18

    and deserves much of the anger directed at him.

    I don't think they (all of the PSU guys/Paterno) believed they were covering for a pedophile.  I think they questioned some of his actions, but never realized just what a monster he was.  This is where they failed.  That they thought they were smart enough to know who Sandusky was, without reporting and consulting experts.

    But to think these men knew Sandusky had raped and would continue to rape children doesn't seem probable to me. I have trouble believing these very successful men would risk everything they accomplished (one a child abuse survivor), to protect a football program.

    If they report 2001, there will probably be some negative publicity for a month or two.  That's it--they all continue on with their lives.  That they instead chose to risk future rapes and their professional and financial success, not to mention jail time, doesn't seem realistic.

    •  This is what I am hoping... (0+ / 0-)

      But it is what I also hoped for Paterno. Not because I cared about him, but because the alternative happened to be pretty terrible.

      I'm not entirely sold on being optimistic about their intentions right now.

    •  But they did. (3+ / 0-)
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      They knew about 1998 when they heard about 2001, and did nothing.

    •  Let me fix that for you... (1+ / 0-)
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      I have trouble believing these very successful men would risk everything they accomplished (one a child abuse survivor), to protect a football program child.
      There's your answer.

      You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

      by SwedishJewfish on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 10:24:56 PM PDT

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      •  I truly understand the emotions associated (0+ / 0-)

        with this entire case, but please don't think that one opinion based on the "facts" is any more correct than another.

        I think we both have the same ultimate goal; to fix the problems that allowed a pedophile to literally have the state, hand him children.

        My concern has been that so many will/do believe this is all about a football scandal and once the football team/culture/coach is destroyed, we can all go about our daily lives.  I think we all know that until the state child services, 2nd Mile and the Pa. government officials that were involved are investigated, nothing will change.  Because the focus has been so inbalanced towards all things PSU, this is being missed.  And I believe that is the plan by Pa. officials, the BOT and Freeh.  The media has willingly played along.

        I personally haven't seen the evidence that shows these guys made the decision to protect football vs a child.  It may well be there, but I need evidence.  An e-mail or a note or even a remembered conversation that says, "hey, we better not report what we know.  The program/Paterno comes first".  Not some opinion of what something may mean.  It bothered me greatly that Freeh (previous head of the FBI), who understands how evidence works, so often in his report said basically, "while it doesn't exactly say or show this, we have to believe this is what happened".  Those are dangerous words to accept, unless they describe the narrative we want to hear.

        Based on what I've seen (and more importantly) haven't seen, I believe the evidence shows a bunch a intelligent men drawing completely wrong conclusions, but based on what they thought they knew and not an uglier motive.  

        Hopefully, this investigation will reach a final conclusion, based on the facts and the truth, and strong corrective actions will be implemented throughout Pa.  I haven't seen how any of the sanctions against PSU have accomplished that goal.

        •  I agree with you to an extent (0+ / 0-)

          This is about more than football. The Freeh report is just the tip of the iceburg. There needs to be some serious scrutiny to the ties between Corbett (and other PA state officials), The Second Mile, and Penn State-and how those connections made for a powerful incentive to keep this a secret. I think that is the key to all of this.

          As for the sanctions-they were a penalty for an egregious wrong, which was absolutely necessary. Accountability is important. But even beyond that, the $60 million will go to charities and organizations that serve abused and at risk children, and they will requre that Penn State follow the recommendations in the Freeh report to prevent this from happening in the future. I personally think they should have been much more stringent, but it's a step in the right direction.

          You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

          by SwedishJewfish on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 05:16:01 AM PDT

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          •  Well, I agree with you, then. (1+ / 0-)
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            Hopefully, the full force of the media and law enforcement will publicize these investigations with all the emotional excitement they did while covering PSU.  

            PSU screwed up big time.  But, if people in law enforcement and Child Protective Services would have done their fucking jobs, this monster would have been stopped so much earlier.  That's what is so upsetting to me.

            I am not suprised the men at PSU failed.  I'm disappointed, but not suprised.  I've seen so many who don't have training, or have personal relationships with monsters, fail.  They simply refuse to accept that they have surrounded themselves or befriended a monster.  It was not their fault they hired him, befriended him, or worked with him for 30 + years.  People are so fearful of guilt by association.  But, their weakness to see past themselves, was their huge failure and something they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.  Children's lives were destroyed because their weakness.

            God, I just pray that the facts are found as to why/how Sandusky was allowed to operate, and that strong corrective measures are quickly put in place to protect Pa. children from the next monster (and I know that is your wish as well).

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