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All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

I've been processing the fallout at Penn State all week. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Ultimately, I can count on Jon Stewart to express my feelings better than I can.

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Some protests were actually about the boys who were raped, including the artist who had painted a mural called "inspiration." He returned and painted over Sandusky's picture, replacing it with an empty chair and a blue ribbon for the young boys.

(I would link the article and put the exact quote about the painter here, but the site freezes my computer everytime I try to do that.)

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ravennaneroon
Nov. 12th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
These people have obviously never met or known a rape victim. I met plenty as a medic, and then met plenty of perps as a cop. I can say for certain I have forgotten all the perps, but I will never forget the first victim. She was a prostitute, and she kept saying she deserved it because she was a prostitute. I told her she didn't deserve it, but even if she couldn't believe it, she could believe she also deserved justice. I will never forget the look on her face as she digested what I'd said. She didn't say anything the rest of the ride to the hospital, and I figured she'd just disappear. Had no idea what had happened to her until my supervisor pulled me aside 4 months later and told me she'd pressed charges, and I should be ready for a deposition.

I found I admired her for her courage.

There is nothing courageous about what happened at Penn State. Cowards all, for not standing tall and telling these boys that they deserve justice. In CA, Paterno would be charged with rape and accessory to rape. Don't know what PA's laws are, but still.

I find I am disgusted. By the whole debacle. Who else knew? Did the victims ever tell their stories to anyone else, only to be laughed at or told they deserved it?

**end rant, thanks for the platform, Bonnie**
bonnie_halfelvn
Nov. 12th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
JoePa did what he was legally bound to do: tell his supervisor. PA law required no more, but he neglected his moral obligations.

There are legislators already working to fix this loophole. Something good will come of this.

There were investigations earlier, but nothing that would stick, so no charges were pressed until a kid told his mom in 2009. That sparked the investigation that led to the arrest.
ravennaneroon
Nov. 12th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
I was going to make a snide comment about a 2 year investigation, but as I read more about this story, I have great empathy for the investigating officers. Taking down a guy like Sandusky is like taking down Enron. You have to have an airtight case or the lawyers are going to have a bonfire with your reports. I think Paterno's firing is the University's way of trying to shield itself from liability. It's happened here in NM with our football coach at UNM, who has an anger management problem. I saw, though, that the two officials Paterno reported it to are up on charges for failing to report it to authorities. I noted that all the "investigations" prior to 2009 were internal ones, which are always suspect.
bonnie_halfelvn
Nov. 12th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Apparently, that's the law. All based on hierarchy. The higher ups are responsible for reporting to the police, which they did not do. They apparently also lied to a grand jury or the police about what they knew.

There was an investigation by a District Attorney in 2002, but he apparently did not feel he did not have enough to press charges. In a bizarre twist, he disappeared, leaving his car and a laptop with no hard drive. He has been declared dead, though his body has never been found.
ravennaneroon
Nov. 13th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
The conspiracy theorist in me is screaming, but the chances of it actually being related to this issue instead of something else is damn remote considering the wonderful representation of humanity a DA gets to work against.

A lot of the larger Unis are actually independent entities with their own water/sewage etc. and their own laws (so long as said laws don't conflict with the constitution) The entire University of CA system is entirely self-contained- every campus has its own zip code- with its own legal jurisdiction and police force. Wouldn't surprise me if that were the case here.
snowywolfowl
Nov. 12th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
He made a good point about what was being missed by the protestors in a really nicely stated way.
bonnie_halfelvn
Nov. 12th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
Jon is my hero.
mishlai
Nov. 12th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm a little bewildered by the riots. I guess I don't get what Paterno means to those people, but still.
bonnie_halfelvn
Nov. 12th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
The school's identity is too wrapped up in its football.
bonnie_halfelvn
Nov. 12th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Also, I read an article that reminded me how isolated Penn State is. This town is in the middle of nowhere. This isolation contributes to everyone's identity being so closely tied to the school, especially with its football program. Before JoePa's time (I was four when he started coaching there!), Penn State was primarily an agricultural school.

The real impact of what has happened has sunk in and practically everyone there feels this reflecting on them. It's a major betrayal when your football program's reputation is based on higher graduating rates, teamwork, honesty, and integrity, then the leadership sacrifices the welfare of children to preserve its brand.
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