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Justice for a pedophile’s victims

Former Penn State assistant football coach Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte AP

Originally, this post was going to be about the guilty verdict rendered against former Penn State assistant/convicted serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky and what it meant for the current Nittany Lions football program going forward.

Pre-verdict, tossing such an idea around sounded like a solid tack to take.  Post-verdict?  Insensitive and callous doesn’t even begin to describe it.  Hollowly asinine or asininely hollow, take your pick as they’re in the ballpark.

A pedophile, whether or not he’s connected to a major college football program, convicted on 45 counts of the sexual abuse of upwards of 10 children is not about the current coaching staff or players, or about the past coaching staff or athletic administration that may or may not have been enablers and actively involved in a coverup.

There’s time — plenty of it — for that on down the road, to place blame on every single one of ‘em.

The time now, though, and as the father of five and with the resoluteness that only a parent can have, is about one thing and one thing only.

Justice for the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a serial pedophile.  Again, and I’ll italicize it for emphasis, justice for the victims.

That’s it.  That’s all the verdict was and should be about right now.

Justice for those who were sexually assaulted by a predator who preyed on at-risk kids.  Justice for those who were raped by someone who, under the guise of a children’s charity, ripped away any shred of innocence boys as young as 10 may have had.

There should be much joy from ‘Ville to ‘Burgh and all points in between that the “man” who preyed on that innocence will be behind bars for the rest of his life and will never again make another child his next victim.

The guilty verdict won’t restore what was lost and won’t erase the memories seared into the victims, but it will give them the one thing they deserve.


Everything else, every other angle, can wait another day.

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21 Responses to “Justice for a pedophile’s victims”
  1. rickrock6661982 says: Jun 23, 2012 12:16 AM


    Oh..this is only the beginning

    Right now would be a good time to tear down the statute of Joe Enabler, PSU students.

  2. polegojim says: Jun 23, 2012 12:19 AM

    Satisfaction that he was busted/found guilty?

    Justice for victims? Only minor.

    Jail time for Sandusky doesn’t undo the damage.

  3. normtide says: Jun 23, 2012 12:27 AM

    I never want to read another Sandusky story until the headline states- piece of shit dies grotesquely in prison.

  4. Deb says: Jun 23, 2012 12:33 AM

    Yes, you’re right. But prison seems small justice for the magnitude of the crimes. His post-verdict pledge to appeal shows he’s not willing to accept any responsibility, let alone show any remorse. Some admission or acknowledgment of wrongdoing on his part would help, too, in the healing process, and it’s unlikely they’ll ever get that piece of the recovery puzzle.

    And there will never truly be justice until the institutions that failed them so miserably, that put money and prestige above the welfare of at-risk children, are held to account. The Powerful People who actively decided child rape was less important than not rocking the boat must answer for their crimes against these kids.

    So I appreciate your sentiment, JT, but it’s difficult to feel now that justice has fully been served. This is just the first step in what will be a long process. I only hope Sandusky won’t be the only one paying for these crimes.

  5. blastfurnaceknows says: Jun 23, 2012 12:39 AM

    Well said normtide. Unfortunately this POS will appear in every story that follows about the now patently obvious cover-up, headed by the most arrogant enabler known to planet Earth, Graham Spanier.

    Here’s hoping the rest of your life is spent in the cell right next to the pedophile you so wanted to remain “humane” to. Here’s also hoping that you get your very own part of the beatings that are surely awaitng Sandusky.

  6. ndnut says: Jun 23, 2012 1:17 AM

    Please put him in unsupervised “recreational activity” with the rest of the inmates. Then he will at least suffer, if not die.

  7. floriosbigtoe says: Jun 23, 2012 1:29 AM

    Death by cowabunga!

  8. rsmeans says: Jun 23, 2012 1:44 AM

    I had always admired PSU football and Joe Paterno. No more. It is time that PSU football program be given the death penalty and Joe Paterno barred from ever being inducted into the College football Hall or fame or any of his records formally recognized.

  9. eddiecrash1976 says: Jun 23, 2012 2:02 AM

    No sir it’s not! Now it’s time to go after the rest of those SOB’s who helped to cover this up! Spanier your next you POS! And the rest of you immoral bastard coeherts. I’m not a victim of sexual abuse and I don’t live in PA but this whole this whole thing is just sad. I’m a bigtime University of Miami fan since 1982 but one team and one coach that I grew to like and actually cheered for was Penn State. And one of the major reasons was because of Joe Pa, he reminded me alot of Don Shula. Joe Pa came across as such an honorable person and I admired how he was still able to connect with young athletes of this generation, especially being 5-6 times older than them. But I have to agree with the comment above, the most honorable thing that the students of Penn State should tear down that statue of him. It really broke my heart when I found out that he knew about the shower incident and only reported it to the upper echelons of the university. I know alot people are defending him buying saying he followed protocol and that the on campus police was notified as well. But damn he of all people shouldve known that there would be bias judgment toward “JS”, and he knew how much money is involved in these programs and tarnishing it wouldve been devastating for future recruits and untold amounts of money lost. But he had a morale obligation, as person, as a father, even as a coach of his stature to make sure that it shouldve been brought to the proper authorities outside the Penn State. I know that wouldve been dificult to do being that the whole community surrounding the university has close ties to each other but I still think he couldve threatened the University with resigning and blowing the whistle on the in actions of the Penn State officials. My first reaction to this story was “say in aint so Joe Pa, say it aint so” with profound sadness. I dont think it should tarnish everything he’s done for the football program but to leave a statue of him on Penn State is always going to be a reminder of what he didnt do. Becuase if he wouldve done more he wouldve gone down in the history books as hero, instead he broke alot of hearts for not going further. Yes, Penn State put a whoopin on my Hurricanes and Testaverde back in 84 but over time they became my second favorite team until this story broke out. Hope the victims can recover from this and still have some kind of sensible life, I hope one day they can find peace within themselves.

  10. ghengy says: Jun 23, 2012 2:19 AM

    @ eddiecrash

    Learn paragraphs Mr. Wall of Words!

  11. bbrown4163 says: Jun 23, 2012 3:06 AM

    Maybe I’m not understanding the author’s intent, but I would say now is the most important time for …. healing. What does “justice” get you? Really. Does that bring back those young men’s innocence? Even if they know that Mr. Sandusky is in jail, maybe suffering? Does that make their life better somehow?

    When the author says, “as the father of five and with the resoluteness that only a parent can have, is about one thing and one thing only. …(justice for the victims)….. That’s it. That’s all the verdict was and should be about right now.”

    Is he saying that only a parent can the highest level of resoluteness? This sounds to me like a little bit making it about the author, not about the victims.

    I also think this IS the time to look at who else enabled this behavior. Our culture’s attention span is short, and we’ll move on to “the next thing”. Now is the time we’re focusing on this, and can make positive changes. Because Sandusky was the direct cause of this sexual abuse, does not mean that other people didn’t fail the abused people. And that needs to be addressed. I think if you’re an entertainer (which I think is what college football is, in addition to being athletes; then there are extra responsibilities, when this elite program and the beautiful facilities were allowed to be used when Sandusky pursued this abuse.

    Anyway, just my thoughts…

  12. eddiecrash1976 says: Jun 23, 2012 3:17 AM

    Ghenhy- go fuck yourself.

  13. ghengy says: Jun 23, 2012 3:32 AM

    @ eddiecrash1976

    Waaahhhhh waaaaahhhh waaahhhhhhhhhhhh! LMAO

  14. paulhargis53 says: Jun 23, 2012 5:24 AM

    They are going to make his brown eye blue, in prison.

  15. WingT says: Jun 23, 2012 9:00 AM

    @ John Taylor
    Great article – one of your best ever.

    Maybe other victims of abuse that are out there can find the courage and support to come forward and help put these “animals” away. Hopefully other victims can see, through this Sandusky ordeal, that society will not look down on you for what has happened to you in the past. Rather, we will get angry and aggressive toward the Sandusky’s of the world and through your help, put those bastards away.

    May all the victims find peace.

  16. eddiecrash1976 says: Jun 23, 2012 9:12 AM

    Im not crying you retard, but last I ccked this wasnt an exam. If anyone crying its you ignorant jackass. “Learn paragraphs mr. Wall of words” immature punk. Sounds like you were abused yourself, i pitty you, fool.

  17. orthomarine says: Jun 23, 2012 9:43 AM

    They need to erase Paterno from PSU… PSU needs to donate the same amount of money that the Paterno’s ever gave then to the victims as well….

    Just put a bullet in Sandusky…. Don’t waste money on housing and feeding him…..

  18. 700levelvet says: Jun 23, 2012 9:59 AM

    Wall of Words……LMAO

  19. 700levelvet says: Jun 23, 2012 10:02 AM

    i pitty you fool……..CLASSIC………..It just gets better…..

  20. coolhorn says: Jun 23, 2012 11:25 AM

    Justice for the victims? Maybe a small portion with the Sandusky verdict, but I doubt it helps much. Sandusky preyed on dozens of youngsters who couldn’t defend themselves, nor did anyone else, including Joe Paterno, step up to protect them. This was, for all intents and purposes, serial institutionalized rape of children, and the way I see it, the Sandusky verdict needs to be only the start of justice for the victims.

    It’s too late to pursue legal action against Joe Paterno, but at minimum, Penn State needs to remove any trace of recognition of Paterno’s time there. He may have done all the good things he is recognized for, but they don’t hold up in the face of his failure to do anything to stop Sandusky from preying on little boys.

    Everyone else in Penn State’s chain of command, starting with the President during the time Sandusky was stalking his victims, needs to be thoroughly investigated, and where criminal charges are called for, they need to be tried. Being guilty of doing nothing is still being guilty…and they need to be brought to justice just as much as Sandusky did. All of them who sat on their hands and hid the facts are complicit in Sandusky’s crimes.

    A part of me wonders how many victims there needs to be before the ultimate penalty, death, becomes appropriate for a pedophile. I’ll admit that, to me, Sandusky spending what’s left of his life in prison does NOT seem like nearly enough of a price to pay for what he did to so many young victims.

    The real shame of it all is this…whatever is done in court to Sandusky, and any others tried in connection with these crimes, is all the justice the victims will get. It’s not nearly enough, considering what Sandusky took from them, what Sandusky was ALLOWED to take from them. Maybe the verdict helps them a little bit, and if so, that’s a very good thing. However, nothing can repair the damage that was done to them by someone that they initially trusted. That’s the biggest crime of all.

  21. jerryd1 says: Jun 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    Justice?? Very Little. Very Late

    This is just the first, but important step of a 20-40+ year cover up. Swept under the rug because it got in the way of the football program.

    If it would have been stopped at the onset like it should have been, 95% of the justice would not have even been needed.

    This is about money & power, which dominate football. Nothing else matters as we found out from the Sandusky case.

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