The moral of this story is: “if you suspect child abuse, you need to actively speak up, because it is eventually going to come out, and you are going to pay for not saying enough to protect the child.” Silence won’t cut it.
In this case, the CPS and prosecutor also failed to act.
Update: November 18, 2011: Apparently new revelations may come out that suggest much worse allegations than what we have heard so far. More information.
Update: November 10, 2011: Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been fired and the university’s president Graham Spanier has stepped down on Wednesday night as the university’s Board of Trustees sought to contain the damage caused by the arrest last Friday of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on 40 criminal counts of sexually abusing 8 boys. The abuse occurred over 15 years in Penn State’s football facilities.
Below are the events leading up to this situation:
November 5, 2011: The Wall Street Journal reports that a Jerry Sandusky, 67 years old, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts, the state attorney general’s office said. Mr. Sandusky is the former Penn State defensive coordinator. He was accused Saturday of sexually abusing eight boys.
Coverup: Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, 57, and Gary Schultz, 62, the school’s vice president for finance and business, were charged with perjury and failing to report what they knew about the allegations. Mr. Schultz’s position includes oversight of the university’s police department.
Mr. Sandusky had been considered the heir apparent to Joe Paterno, When Mr. Paterno first learned of one report of abuse he immediately reported it to Mr. Curley, prosecutors said.
Mr. Sandusky retired in 1999 but continued to work with at-risk children through the nonprofit Second Mile organization he founded in 1977. He was charged with multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault.
Update November 7, 2011: Authorities condemned Penn State University today for what they called a widespread culture of failing to report the alleged sexual abuse of childrenby assistant football coach Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky. “This is not a case about football. This is not a case about universities. This is a case about children that have had their innocence stolen and a culture that did nothing to stop it or prevent it from happening to others,” said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. School Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President of Finance Gary Shultz were arraigned today on charges of perjury and failure to report abuse.
Update November 8, 2011:Joe Paterno reported to be leaving Penn State (Say it ain’t so, Joe!) But, Joe Paterno’s son said today that reports of his father being ousted by the Penn State board of trustees are premature: “NYT report premature. No discussions about retirement with JVP,” he tweeted.
Later that evening, a crowd of about 1,000 students gathered on Joe Paterno’s lawn, driveway and street, chanting their support for the beloved and now beleaguered Penn State coach whose 46-year tenure at the university is threatened by a child sex-abuse scandal. Police asked Paterno’s son, Scott, if he wanted them to get students off the lawn and Scott Paterno responded, “It’s good my parents see people still love them.”
“If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families,” Paterno said Sunday, after the news broke, in a prepared statement. “They are in our prayers.”
The coach defended his decision to take the news to his athletic director. Paterno said it was obvious that the graduate student was “distraught,” but said the graduate student did not tell him about the “very specific actions” in the grand jury report.
After Paterno reported the incident to Curley, Sandusky was told to stay away from the school, but critics say the coach should have done more—tried to identify and help the victim, for example, or alerted authorities.
“Here we are again,” John Salveson, former president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said in an interview earlier this week. “When an institution discovers abuse of a kid, their first reaction was to protect the reputation of the institution and the perpetrator.”
- Mother of Alleged Victim Says Son Was Afraid to Tell Sandusky ‘No’
- Former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky Arrested For Sexually Abusing 8 Boys! (thehiphopconsultant.com)
- Jerry Sandusky Arrested: Ex-Penn State Coach, Athletic Director Tim Curley Charged In Child Sex Case (huffingtonpost.com)
- Former Penn State Ass Coach Sandusky Charged With Child Sexual Abuse (lezgetreal.com)
- Jerry Sandusky, Former Penn State Coach, Arrested for Sex Crimes Against Minors (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Former Penn State coach charged with sexual abuse (cnn.com)
- Abuse Overlooked in Washington DC