This post has been simmering in my mind all day.
If you follow the news at all, you’ve probably read about the child abuse scandal at Penn State, involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was allegedly abusing young boys. But I’m not going to talk about him – if the allegations are true, then obviously I think he should spend a long time in jail, and then rot in hell. I’m also not going to talk about Head Coach Joe Paterno and other people who did not directly witness the alleged abuse but were told about it and failed to report it to the police.
But what of the people who actually SAW the abuse happening? According to this timeline from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, at least THREE people caught Sandusky in the act. And not one of those people say that they did anything to stop the abuse. I’m not talking about whether or not it was reported up the correct channels (though I believe that at least one of the eyewitnesses was a mandated reported, who was legally obligated to go to police). I’m talking about people who SAW a child being raped, and did nothing to intervene at that moment.
Hell, Mike McQueary, a football graduate assistant at the time, went home and CALLED HIS DAD to ask what he should do, then finally told the head coach about the rape a day or two later. What decent human being would leave a child in that situation?!
Honestly, when I read a document like the one I linked to above and I see something like “witnesses Mr. Sandusky having sex with Victim 2 in the shower at the Lasch Football Building” I would expect that to be followed immediately by something like “and runs up to pull him off the boy and then immediately calls the police.”
I can only imagine how those boys – young men, now – must feel, knowing that adults actually witnessed their abuse and did nothing to stop it.