In 1971, a 15-year-old boy stood at a urinal in a Penn State bathroom when Jerry Sandusky, the then-Nittany Lions’ assistant linebacker coach, appeared behind him.

“I felt his presence behind me,” he said. “I felt his left knee on the back of my knee, and his arms went around me, grabbing my …” he stated. “He said, ‘Let me help you with this.'”

After cocking his head backwards, Sandusky began bleeding, followed up by the males dropping to the ground and tussling. Once the teenager failed to escape, he was raped.

The next day, his foster mother inhaled the horrifying news and immediately called the university, placing the boy in an unbearable situation. Two men, named Joe and Jim, answered the phone. Succeeding his plea for help, they responded in way that would even cause a clown to frown.

“‘Stop this right now! We’ll call the authorities,'” he recalled them saying.

The men couldn’t believe the boy uttered such terrible remarks towards such a prestigious individual.

Two months ago, the victim liberated his buried past to the public, sharing Joe’s identity: the late Joe Paterno, head coach of the program, residing in State College, Pennsylvania, for 46 seasons. Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, as 200-plus former Penn State football players delivered a petition to the university, with aspirations of seeing the Paterno statue resurrected outside of Beaver Stadium. Additionally, the signees desire a formal apology to Sue Paterno, Joe’s wife, and the rest of the family.

Thankfully, players, like Robbie Gould, the current Chicago Bears’ placekicker, neglected the discourteous request.

Yet, in the letter, Brian Masella, an ex-tight end and punter for the Nittany Lions, displayed his unwarranted indignation.

“We have been told during the last four-plus years that the board and administration are waiting for the appropriate time to repair the damage they created,” he stated in the release. “Now is the appropriate time. Enough is enough!”

In July 2012, the Freeh Report revealed the first bits of evidence against Paterno and fellow figures, who allowed Sandusky’s reign of terror to go by the wayside. Subsequently, ten days later, the statue of the head coach was removed from its location.

Unfortunately, Masella ignored the real “damage,” which Sandusky’s prey can’t expunge from their haunted memories. In June 2012, five months after Paterno’s death via lung cancer, the child-rapist was found guilty of 45 counts of child sex abuse, leading to a sentence of 30 to 60 years in jail. Previously, Paterno overlooked his coworker’s wretched crimes in favor of winning. How could anyone disregard his atrocious ethics?

Well, 409 victories, 112 of them returned, and the highest win total in major college football history by any coach should provide an unjustified answer.
Both fans and past student athletes bask in the glory of those who deliver unfathomable accomplishments. However, Paterno’s success gives one an opportunity to feel immune to the physical and emotional torment he caused Sandusky’s victims. Sure, a 24-12-1 record in bowl games and two national championships displays an uncanny ability to coach on the big stage but put those numbers aside for a second, unless you are looking for the best online sportsbook for us players to wager on those huge games he has been a part of.
Throughout the 1970s and beyond, up to six assistant coaches supposedly observed improper conduct between Sandusky and boys, exhibiting a group of men, who wouldn’t sacrifice their lust for a 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel trophy.
“You won’t believe what I just saw,” one of the coaches uttered in a meeting with the Penn State coaching staff.
Also, in April 2012, Sue Paterno reeled in $5.5 million to cover the remainder of her husband’s contract with the team, implying her lips should be sealed. Somehow, though, the widow continues to battle one of the victims, who reportedly told Paterno in 1976 that Sandusky sexually molested him, and his right to privacy. This claim toppled over the original allegations of the abuse soley occurring from 1994 to 2008 at Second Mile, Sandusky’s youth charity.
Moreover, she clearly omits the deepening wounds of the individuals, were the information to be released. According to After Silence, a non-profit organization, supporting survivors of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse, rape trauma syndrome (RTS), a type of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a potential result of the wrongdoings, with effects, consisting of “insomnia, nausea, startle responses, and nightmares, as well as dissociative or numbing symptoms,” similar to military veterans.
Imagine experiencing these traumatic issues, due to a formidable individual’s resistance to unleash the truth. Sadly, the aforementioned children did.
Hence, Penn State would be foolish to once again exhibit praise upon a statue, representing a culture of ignorance. Instead, the school should strive to uplift the survivors, as well as others, who have withstood denial.