Honestly, I have a lot of opinions about Penn State, Joe Pa, and the whole Sandusky scandal. To be perfectly clear, I hold everyone responsible. Every single person who knew about it, to me, is beyond disgusting.
It upsets me that just because Joe Paterno had a positive effect on Penn State and the community, it means we can forgive and overlook the fact that he put young children in danger for years. Does the large amount of good he’s done out weigh the bad? We all make mistakes. But this mistake wasn’t drugs. It wasn’t fraud. It was rape. It was child rape. And we have no way of knowing how far the terrible effects of this mistake will go.
Do we no longer have a moral responsibility to protect children from pedophiles and rapists?
It isn’t enough to just report it to your superior. If you report it and they take no action, then it’s YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Report it to the police. If they take no action, go to the media. I’d bet all my savings that as soon as the media was notified, some action would be taken.
How could you know someone was RAPING CHILDREN and not do everything you possibly could to have that person locked away?
We all have people we respect, admire, and would defend out of loyalty.
But when it comes to rape and children, how do you continue to feel respect, admiration, and loyalty to anyone who puts them in danger and fails to uphold moral standards?
It isn’t just Joe Paterno. It’s Mike McQueary. It’s the immediate past president of Penn State. It’s Penn State itself. It’s the prosecutor who didn’t take action.
All of them failed those children.
But they also failed the community they promised to honor and protect.
The link to a blog, from a woman who was sexually abused as a child, and her opinion of the situation says more than I ever could. I was never a victim. I don’t know that pain. But I can say, that as a human being, I would never have stayed silent all those years.
And every time I think of this situation, it’s impossible for me not to think of my cousin. Only 11 years old. What if it was him? What if it was your brother? Sister? Niece? Nephew? What if it was your child?
Wouldn’t you want someone to help them? To protect them from a monster that is essentially stealing their innocence and ruining their childhood?
Wouldn’t you want someone to speak up and prevent that monster from ever hurting another child, ever again?
But to each their own right?