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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Cowards all.

If you don't do something to stop an adult from abusing children, when you have full knowledge of it? You're a coward.

When you read the findings of fact by the grand jury investigation against former Penn State coach Gerald Sandusky, you see a pattern: Again and again and again, adults caught the guy sexually forcing himself upon young boys, and they did nothing.   In at least two of the instances listed, adult men actually personally observed the retired coach engaged in sexual assaults of a prepubescent or adolescent boy, and they walked away.  I wonder how they felt later about doing nothing to interrupt the activity?

Some called his organization. Some talked it over with their own co-workers. Some talked to the university (where some of the actions took place).  The first case reported was from back in 1994. 

Sandusky had started a program called The Second Mile, which took at-risk kids in. He had a lot of access to kids of that age. No one knows how many children he victimized over the years.

If you find out that someone is being hurt, and you do nothing to stop it, then* you're a coward.

Be better than that, please.

*regardless of the fact that failure to report the abuse is in itself a violation of the law...

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At Monday, November 07, 2011 4:29:00 PM, Blogger Six said...

Exactly. Like you, I've seen far too many instances of people, even family members, who remain silent. It's beyond unacceptable. It's reprehensible.

At Monday, November 07, 2011 10:48:00 PM, Blogger Josh K. said...

But if they did anything that would hurt the football program and we can't have that.


At Tuesday, November 08, 2011 9:08:00 AM, Blogger charlotte g said...

OK. I was trying to find the precise wording of the quote I want from Archibald MacLeish. He said something like, "All it requires for evil to exist is that good men do nothing."

At Tuesday, November 08, 2011 3:07:00 PM, Anonymous LabRat said...

I am trying, and failing, to apprehend the mindset of someone who could react to one of their coaches being physically caught anally violating a ten-year-old in the locker room by... revoking his locker room privileges.

It's amorality on a scale I can't really wrap my head around.

At Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:13:00 AM, Blogger Josh K. said...

I'm sorry to say you see this shit all the time in the win at all cost trillion dollar football culture.

This is what happens when something bevomes more important then human decency.


At Wednesday, November 09, 2011 5:44:00 AM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Josh is pretty much correct... sigh... JoePa needs to go too, as he was one of those who effectively did NOTHING and kept this guy on his staff...

At Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:20:00 PM, Blogger Robert said...

I honestly cannot imagine any reaction other than an unthinking, immediate, visceral one involving leaping at the (unprintable word) and attempting to punch him until him either beats me senseless or he crawls away begging me to stop. Sorry, but I simply cannot see not doing something right then and there even if futile. What the hell is wrong with these people? I need a drink...

At Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:56:00 AM, Blogger Strings said...

I caught this story in the locker room at the gym. All I could do was stare at the screen.

Thankfully, i haven't (personally) heard anyone try defending the sleezeball yet...


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