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Two of the recent new additions to Penn State were interviewed after the formal announcement of the results.  Anthony Lubrano and Ryan McCombie "will now be at the tip of the spear in helping the administration move past the Jerry Sandusky scandal."

The alumni, in their supportive comments on Penn Live, are in full support of this new regime change, continuing their diatribe of "poor Joe" and how poorly the Paterno family was treated.  Still, it appears, failing to understand the full gravity of the situation.

And their new "representatives"?  

McCombie (emphasis mine):

"I don't think we can get the alumni behind any of the other issues until we get the Paterno issue resolved," he said after today's meeting. "That's really the elephant in the room."
Lubrano (emphasis mine):
"Let's just admit that we made a mistake, apologize, and then we can move on," Lubrano said. "Because if the alumni are happy they're going to give...
Paterno and Money - the memes don't seem to change for these guys.

Link to Story

My response (left in the comments section) follows the jump:

McCombie:" ... the Paterno issue... That's really the elephant in the room."
Uh, no, the only elephant in the room is the fact that 18+ (and counting) CHILDREN were sexually abused
"Let's just admit that we made a mistake, apologize, and then we can move on," Lubrano said. "Because if the alumni are happy they're going to give" -
is this REALLY what Penn State alumni want as their new representation? It's all about the money?

Moving on is about getting alumni to open up their wallets again?

As an outsider, looking in, (and, in the interest of full disclosure, a survivor of child sexual abuse where people looked the other way) I would think moving on would be about understanding the culture that allowed a pedophile to exist in a premiere institution when there were multiple opportunities to stop him.

I would think moving on would be about raising public awareness of child sexual abuse and supporting the victims (remember them? they were 10, 11, 12, 13 year old boys who idolized Penn State, idolized the football program, and were betrayed by a man in a position of power in the locker rooms of your institution?) - but this is all about Joe Paterno and how he was treated?

I honestly think Penn State should take a step back and see how we - the REST of the world - is looking at this. This isn't about Penn State or Joe Paterno - it is about a culture that allowed child sexual abuse to be covered up. And that culture exists around the world!

But right now, the brightest light is shining on your institution. This is a time to really show the merits of Penn State - stop whining about a football coach's "poor treatment" and utilize your skills for good - become THE premiere institution on the prevention, detection and prosecution of child sexual abuse. If you want to raise money - raise money to support THAT cause - prevent future 10, 11, 12, 13 year old little boys and girls from being sexually abused.

Curtail the percentages of 1:4 girls and 1:6 boys being sexually abused before the age of 18, 90% by someone they know and trust, 68% by family members.

Help change the laws about reporting suspected child sexual abuse - EVERYONE should be a mandatory reporter. These are children - who have no defenses - we must protect them.

I stand with the victims - and I will stand with them throughout this trial and the rest of their lives - as well as all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

Roxine
President Tree-Climbers.org

Originally posted to House of LIGHTS on Sun May 06, 2012 at 07:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by TreeClimbers.

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  •  Paterno was treated very badly by PSU! (0+ / 0-)
  •  Very good comment Roxine (10+ / 0-)

    And brave of you to post it in the linked article.  

    At this time, there are 22 comments on the article.  And 20 of them, of course, are supportive of Paterno, and want the whole issue of child sexual abuse to just go away.  Their biggest concern is indeed justice... but it is justice for Joe Paterno that they are seeking.  They feel he was unfairly fired by the Board of Trustees last fall, and they want the entire Board replaced.

    "Safety and security are the result of collective consensus. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." - Nelson Mandela. Donate to TREE Climbers

    by TX Freethinker on Sun May 06, 2012 at 08:12:31 AM PDT

  •  I must say, though, that Penn State is a very (5+ / 0-)

    large University with dozens of branch campuses all over the stae plus distance learning around the world.

    Penn State is conducting seminars on campus and around the local community on preventing and reporting child abuse and finding ways to help the victims, raise money for the cause of preventing and helping victims of child abuse, and other worthwhile endeavors.

    So it is happening, perhaps not in the athletic dept and with the Board of Trustees, but conferences and panel discussions and fundraisers are becoming more visible.

    Are you an alum, by the way ?  As we are hearing of some positive things happening in and around State College as we move forward.  I am encouraged but we are still pushing for more and more.  

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    by wishingwell on Sun May 06, 2012 at 09:11:18 AM PDT

    •  That is good to hear (3+ / 0-)
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      I hope that they are really sincere about preventing future child sexual abuse.  If so, we cetainly welcome their support and help in that effort.

      "Safety and security are the result of collective consensus. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." - Nelson Mandela. Donate to TREE Climbers

      by TX Freethinker on Sun May 06, 2012 at 09:23:13 AM PDT

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    •  With all due respect (5+ / 0-)

      while I certainly appreciate what you and other alum have done to raise funds, and awareness to help victims of CSA (and I truly do mean that) there is a REASON nobody outside of the Penn State sphere knows about this-it's by design. All you need to know can be summed up in the words of Lubrano:

      "Let's just admit that we made a mistake, apologize, and then we can move on"

      Move on. That's the goal. The panel discussions, the fundraisers, those are forms of appeasement to those of you who are genuinely troubled by what happened and want to see something change. They are playing you. What they want is for this to get swept under the rug and forgotten about-and in that, they seem to be succeeding.

      Penn State wants to move on. Some of us don't have the luxury of doing that.

      You must work-we all must work-for a world that is worthy of its children. - Pablo Casals. Please support TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3) for victims and survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation.

      by SwedishJewfish on Sun May 06, 2012 at 09:51:43 AM PDT

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      •  I respectfully disagree but I understand where (0+ / 0-)

        you are coming from. I truly believe most are sincere in their desire and are not trying to sweep this under the rug as far as the majority of alums and students and faculty and staff. I cannot speak for the football program except there is a new head coach and allmost all former asst coaches, and staff were fired.  I have friends who have kids on the team who are hopeful and seeing changes. Their kids are there on a full scholarship and trying to make the best out of a horrifying situation.

        I try to remember that the students and faculty and staff have to be there everyday and cannot be expected to quit or drop out.  This is especially true of those on scholarship or faculty with tenure.   You cannot expect them to suddenly loathe Penn State, instead they love Penn State and want to work to make needed changes.

        The entire Penn State family is not responsible for the actions of a few, all we can do is refuse to condone their actions and do all we can to prevent something like this to ever happen again.  We are hurting and doing the best we can but it will take Time to Heal and to Process it all and make crucial decisions about the future.

        Penn State is also suffering from a Republican governor making drastic cuts in Education, massive and horrible cuts to public education and state universities.  So, we are also dealing with budget cuts and layoffs and other serious financial issues of the fact kids are struggling to afford to go there.  But that is a separate issue but also something Alums are concerned about in colleges all over the country.  But we cannot take our eye off the ball at Penn State.

        But I also refuse to give up on Penn State as in many ways, it is Home for me. I was raised in the area, I was married on the campus of Penn State, my family has deep ties and deep roots there.

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        by wishingwell on Mon May 07, 2012 at 03:57:26 AM PDT

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      •  I have read where a few of the victims attended (0+ / 0-)

        Penn State or their parents worked for Penn State or they have siblings attending Penn State now.  So some of their families are actively involved in wanting to talk about this and deal with this too and it must be so painful for them.

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        by wishingwell on Mon May 07, 2012 at 04:01:05 AM PDT

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  •  Students and alums did raise millions of dollars (2+ / 0-)
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    to help victims of child abuse and there are some good things happening beneath the service. We are trying to make them more public and get the press to cover these events. That is not easy.

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    by wishingwell on Sun May 06, 2012 at 09:12:21 AM PDT

  •  I am proud of the PSU Religious Center and (1+ / 0-)
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    The local churches are holding conferences for anyone to attend on preventing and reporting child abuse and reaching out to victims of sexual assualt.

    It is good the churches ..all kinds of churches, are doing this but we are working to move it more on campus and get more organizations on campus involved.  

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    by wishingwell on Sun May 06, 2012 at 09:16:52 AM PDT

    •  Wishing well - all great things -but is THIS (5+ / 0-)

      what you want your new board members focused on?  Paterno and money?  

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

      by Roxine on Sun May 06, 2012 at 09:44:18 AM PDT

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      •  no, I agree with you but we have to work around th (2+ / 0-)
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        rElected board membefs to focus on the issues. As they were voted in and we can hold protests and write letters to the editor and withhold donations. But the trustee are elected so like our politicians...we will hold them accountable and try to vote them out in 3 yrs. But we have to find ways to address this issue and work around them. We still need to keep our focus on the victims and educate others on these issues no matter who is on the board. The election did bring on another trustee or two who are new and do not share these views of that one new trustee mentioned here. We did get a solid progressive elected which is a small victory.

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        by wishingwell on Sun May 06, 2012 at 11:53:22 AM PDT

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    •  dear wishingwell - Thank you for this good news (2+ / 0-)
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      about progress at Penn State.

      Welcome to our Tree!

      I hope you do not mind, but I am copying your DK profile here:

      Therapist/counselor working toward my Psychology license, Teacher, Friend, Wife, Mother, Civil Rights Activist, and Democratic Party volunteer for 35 years. I am also a Co-Administrator of the Keystone Liberals Forum ( a small but cozy local forum )
      You and the Tree Climbers are working in the same direction on the CSA issue.

      So many questions for you:

      1. Is this the website you refer to in your sig line and profile?

          The New Keystone Liberals Forum

      2. Are you a student at Penn State?
      3. Are you doing an internship at Penn State?
      4. Would you like to join Tree Climbers?
      5. Do you think we could network together somehow?

      If you would you like to write a diary called something like "Tree Climbers: Good News from Penn State: Changing the Culture," we would support you.  

      ps - you have a great DK pseudonym!

      You must work-we all must work-for a world that is worthy of its children. - Pablo Casals. Please donate to TREE Climbers, the 501c(3) of Roxine and SwedishJewfish.

      by 2thanks on Sun May 06, 2012 at 11:50:10 AM PDT

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      •  Hi 2thanks and thank you for including me (2+ / 0-)
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        in the Tree Climbers.  

        1. Yes , I am the administrator of this forum.
        It is small but we hope to increase our membership.
        And the nice thing is Guests can post easily and do not have to join.   We would love to extend the invitation to anyone here to come over and post comments or start threads anytime. We came about as an offspring from a larger forum that is now gone.  

        2.  I am a Penn State alum as is my sister and my son.
        My son now works for Penn State in The Food Service department where he teaches a cooking class and where he is Union Shop Steward. My late father worked for Penn State in the Sports Dept after he retired from the USPS running the Golf Course.

        3. I  am not doing an internship but I am involved in Alumni Activities and I have friends who are employed there as faculty or staff.  A few of my friends have kids currently attending Penn State on an athletic scholarship and 2 of them have kids on the football team now.  4 of my friends played football at Penn State in the 70s.  So, I have strong roots and strong ties at Penn State.
        It is such a part of me and so integral to who I am..it is Home for me in many ways although I do not currently live there. But I still live about 7o miles south of there now.  But I am still involved as much as possible.

        4. Yes, that would be nice. But this a dumb question and I will look it up here but what is Tree Climbers?

        5.  Yes send me a Kos Mail and tell me more.

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        by wishingwell on Mon May 07, 2012 at 03:48:02 AM PDT

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  •  The number of children abused at Penn State is 18 (4+ / 0-)

    now.

    You must work-we all must work-for a world that is worthy of its children. - Pablo Casals. Please donate to TREE Climbers, the 501c(3) of Roxine and SwedishJewfish.

    by 2thanks on Sun May 06, 2012 at 09:16:59 AM PDT

    •  Unfinished comment. (1+ / 0-)
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      Mannie

      could not figure out what to say next. Still can't.

      I am angry at Paterno, the clever criminal, and primate behavior patterns.

      dear Kossacks, guard your children.

      You must work-we all must work-for a world that is worthy of its children. - Pablo Casals. Please donate to TREE Climbers, the 501c(3) of Roxine and SwedishJewfish.

      by 2thanks on Sun May 06, 2012 at 12:04:26 PM PDT

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  •  Excellent diaries, Roxine. Thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, hepshiba, TX Freethinker

    The other one:

    "Tree Climbers: "accusers 11 through 17 as well as 18 through an unknown number..."

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    You must work-we all must work-for a world that is worthy of its children. - Pablo Casals. Please donate to TREE Climbers, the 501c(3) of Roxine and SwedishJewfish.

    by 2thanks on Sun May 06, 2012 at 12:32:04 PM PDT

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