Jerry Sandusky was formally sentenced today on 45 counts of sexual abuse of minors. A man who once stood proud on his pedestal of one of the greatest football programs in collegiate history was given 30 to 60 years. For some of his victims that is how long it will take for them to recover, even with wonderful help and therapy. Some memories take longer to heal. The fact that he used his prestige to target young underprivileged boys makes this even worse. Instead of giving them hope to do better, be better, he showed them the seamy side of life, that they already had been exposed to in their regular lives. He proved that money doesn’t cover the gravest of sins and depravity.
Yesterday, prior to his sentencing today he released an audio statement proclaiming his innocence. That of course was to be expected. Despite overwhelming evidence including the testimony of his own adopted child, denial is always a given. But it was this passage that sickened me…
A young man who was dramatic a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I’ve wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige& will all be temporary. Before you blame me, as others have, look at everything and everybody. Look at the preparation for the trial and the trial. Compare it to others. Think about what happened. Why, and who made it happen? Evaluate the accusers and their families. Realize they didn’t come out of isolation.
The accusers were products of many more people and experiences than me. Look at their confidants and their honesty. Think about how easy it was for them to turn on me given the information, attention and potential perks. I never labeled or put down them or their families. I tried and I cared, then asked for the same. Please realize all came to the Second Mile because of issues. Some of those may remain. We will continue to fight. We didn’t lose to proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times. Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me.
As a victim and overcomer of childhood sexual abuse his denial came as no surprise but the depth to which he took his denial, to say the original complainant was drama filled and a veteran accuser who was seeking attention sickened me. First of all if he was a veteran accuser that speaks to him telling someone long before now and being dismissed as if he were worthless. To take it further and declare that their living conditions, which by comparison to Sandusky’s rockstar lifestyle and wealth was below his radar, led to him being molested, just not by him. Where in the hell does he get off making a statement like that?? Has his head been up his ass so long he thinks that statement is anywhere close to accurate or okay to say. Guess what Sandusky, I live on what the government considers poverty line. In no way does that lead me to be a child molester or even want to be. Nowhere does it say they were previously molested by anyone else which is why they were a part of the program that you used to feather your molestation beds. To make such a statement shows what a pompous and self righteous ass you really are. How shocked that you status and prestige and money could not buy the silence of many this time. As part of that ‘standard’ of life you speak so disrespectfully about let me tell you some things. Yes I was abused as a child, but we were on the affluent end of the spectrum. One of my abusers was a retired commander in the Navy. Trust me his money afforded us many things, but it did not make him normal, or his behaviour right, it simply made it easier covered. Personally, I am the most avid defender of children’s rights and protection you will ever meet. I will stand with a victim, I will hold their hand and let them know that NOTHING they did or about their lifestyle made them a victim. A sick twisted person made them a victim. A person like you who thought that they were less than because of their background and saw them as abusable. You took what dignity they may have had , because even in poverty we have dignity and pride, most of us do anyway. We have pride and a belief that people are inherently good. You took that thought from them. You reminded them that there are people in high places who disguise themselves as caring people who want to help, in order to gain control and the thought that they owe you something.
So you having to spend 30 years or more in jail will not give that pride back to them, but testifying against you will. Civil suits against your massive estate will put a crimp in your once upon a time fairy tale life style, but I figure you can spare the money to give them the better future they were looking for when they joined the program. Not because they were less than but because they had hopes to be more, do more and become more. So I have no pity for you. I think the only thing that could be better would be if they would put you in general population, as they do other molesters. But once again money protects you. So tit for tat. Your money should go to protect the ones your money hurt.