Who would ever think that a scholastic and distinguished institution like Penn State, known for it’s academics and athletics would face harsh media attention regarding a child abuse scandal? Well let’s not be so oblivious this to this type of heinous act happens all the time, but we just don’t hear about it-my point exactly, we don’t hear about it, until 18 years later. It took almost two decades before this Penn State child abuse cover-up was finally exposed.
These educational institutions-universities-are nothing other than a big business that uses sports as their anchor for financial prosperity. Penn State carried that same philosophy; so when the allegations surfaced in 1998 that Jerry Sandusky, Penn Sate footballs assistant coach was being investigated for child molestation the university felt obliged to cover it up to protect their brand. According to Grand Jury, report the abuse by Sandusky has been going on since 1994-this miscreant used disadvantage children from The Second Mile organization-an organization that he founded in 1977, same year he joined the Penn State staff. The Irony of this entire scandal is that so many entities were involved in the cover-up, Joe Paterno, Tim Curley-athletic director, President Graham Spanier, as well as university police. I speculate that the Board of Trustees was also well informed about Sandusky’s heinous behavior.
It is imperative to read over the Grand Jury report, which meticulously indicates the number of child abuse allegations over the years. What I found so exasperating was in 2002, when Mike McQuery at the time a graduate assistant, witnessed Sandusky, his mentor, sodomizing a young 10-year-old boy in the showers of the athletic facility. Were the police called? No. Were there any serious actions taken? Well if you feel that banning Sandusky from inviting children into Penn State’s facilities is taking action than maybe you should have your brain examined.
The fact that McQuery failed to intervene or even contact the proper authorities about what he witnessed is very disturbing. He is as responsible then the rapist who violated that child. Many defenders say that but he formed Joe Paterno about what happened. True, he may have informed the head coach, but he also ignored something much greater, a child waiting for someone to hear his cry and sorrow to eventually save him from the horror. But of course, that never happened. The question we should be asking, dose McQuery lack humanity for others-it seems pretty obvious based on his response.
A recent protest was held on the Penn State campus, which quickly erupted into a riot by students–turning over news vans and shattering car windows-out of anger that the Board of Trusties fired Joe Pa. The audacity of these students throwing temper tantrums over their iconic mascot of coach, covering up a huge child abuse scandal-are these kids fucking serious. Have they had no respect for the victims who’ve suffered and will continue suffer. I just don’t see the justification to stand in the corner of man who allowed the child abuse continue to self aggrandize his legacy. It’s just inconceivable to believe that Paterno was unaware of any the child abuse accusations until McQuery apprised him about what he witnessed. Pedophile has been so normalized in this society that we have been desensitize that sports is more important than the welfare of children.
There has also have been accusations that Jerry Sandusky was pimping some of the children from The Second Mile-and those he also molested to rich donor. Some of those draconian donors were probably alumni.