Ok i am going to try to explain something based upon my experience.....my father was a prof at PSU. His 2nd wife was a SOc student there & became a Social Worker & ended up working for County Social Services.
She worked with Foster kids, the kind Sandusky tried to "help" with 2nd mile.
Living in rural PA it became known that my dads wife was a social worker & a SAFE person to talk to & someone who would help kids legally.
More than once we would get knocks on the door in the middle of the night with young girls asking for help & shelter. It turned out that a few fathers were molesting their teenager daughters. And sometimes she would have to deal with kids. Inevitably she would drink & after a few beers unload all the **** she had to deal with, giving all the details I did not want to hear. It always turned out that all the people around the teenagers & kids SAW stuff BUT the person committing the crimes was a TRUSTED LOVED ONE. A Dad, a Uncle, A brother, a stepdad etc etc. So they either were slow on the trigger OR completely failed on the trigger.
You think it is easy being removed from the scene that you would baseball bat the guy in the head. But when you catch your Dad or brother or uncle doing this stuff NO ONE WANTS TO BELIEVE IT. And in fact the tendency was to actually try & help the molester get help, not help the young girl or boy.
It of course doesn't make it right but I can imagine that the fact that maybe MM didn't go after Sandusky right then was what I stated above. Sandusky was a trusted father like figure. And that is what makes this $h1t all F-ed is the person has to turn in someone they care about. It messes with the 2 ways AND then you have the added problem that NO ONE BELIEVES YOU.
One time, a neighborhood father found out that his daughter ran to our house he tried to call they cops & accuse my Dad of doing stuff to her. The entire neighborhood blew up b/c no one believed it & they started to believe HIM about my family.
Sex abuse is EVIL hands down. Confronting EVIL is very difficult b/c people do not suspect it but it is there. And then when it is there it can inspire witch hunts swinging the other way forsaking justice. And I have been watching the lynch mob mentality all thru the media today. It is just as sickening to me.
From the outside it is all very black & white. But imagine catching your Dad or brother doing that stuff. Do you pull the trigger BAM? If it is YOUR kid probably so. If it is someone else's kid & the molester is someone you trust & love? Then make that Dad or Brother Famous or powerful. Someone who could ruin your career. Or maybe you fear NO ONE will believe you. Now it gets alot more complicated.
In all the stories I heard only 2 times did someone beat the crap out of the molester. You know who? When it was witnessed by someone who had been already molested as a kid. That person always struck hard & fast & both times got arrested themselves for assault.
I have already said I thought that based upon the information to hand JoePa should have done more. But I also know we don't know the full story yet.
And my point in all of this, isn't so much to comment upon this horrible story but to maybe make you stop & think. You think you are prepared to confront EVIL? Maybe some of you are but I think that when EVIL really arrives in real life it is not easy to confront & you are not prepared it either fools you or you blink. And in either one of those cases, you may end up regretting you inaction the rest of your life.
Joepa, Curley, Schultz, Spanier & McQueary all have done a lot of good for the PSU community. However the penalty they might pay is that ONE mistake may cost them everything they worked for. It is a PR world. It isn't fair but that is how it ends up being with the social moral outrage. And if you are outraged I hope in your heart you know if you could pass the same test.
In the meantime, I pray that those effected can eventually heal & find peace & forgiveness. I pray that the apparent ripping apart of the entire PSU community can be pulled back together.
This whole thing $ukz & I can't believe how much from 1000 miles away it has affected me.