Enough about Joe Paterno we need to make sure that the full case about Jerry Sandusky is heard. We need to understand why this happened and why it continued to happen over decades.
Victims will eventually surface and speak out.
We need to listen very carefully to what they have to say for various reasons. The mother of one of the victims spoke this morning to Good Morning America.
Speaking exclusively with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” the mother of the boy, who is referred to in court papers as Victim 1, describes how she learned of the abuse and how her son lived in fear of coming forward to implicate a football coaching legend.
“I had said, ‘You know, maybe we should have come to this conclusion earlier — you should have told me,'” the mother, whose name is being withheld, said she told her son. “He was like, ‘Well, I didn’t know what to do … you just can’t tell Jerry no.'”
“[I] proceeded to ask him if there was something he needed to tell me, if there was something going on … it wasn’t ’til a month later when he indicated he was uncomfortable with leaving the school with him, and [Sandusky] pulling him out of classes at school,” she said.
According to the grand jury presentment that led to Sandusky’s arrest last week on 40 counts of molesting eight boys over a 15-year period, the coach had unfettered access to the Clinton County high school attended by Victim 1. Sandusky, who volunteered at the school’s varsity football program, would often have unmonitored meetings with the boy. On one occasion a school wrestling coach witnessed inappropriate touching between the two in a secluded weight room, according to the grand jury presentment.
The sad thing is this probably happens more than we know.
There are so many child predators out there who are in authority positions and the children just are frighten to tell anyone.
If Sandusky is found guilty he should be given the death penalty.