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MikeCm
Occupy Reality
09:04 PM on 11/27/2011
The sex panic in this country is growing. It will soon warrant its own section here at HuffPost. Its worse than the Salem trials complete with pseudo science, religion and mass hysteria.

Instead of following due process and protecting the rights of everyone including alleged victims, we make a circus out of it. Who stands to benefit from this side show? The prosecutors/police state? The media?
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JohnFromCensornati
Wake up! It's 1984.
01:22 PM on 11/28/2011
Yes, like the satanic ritual abuse panic in the 80s & 90s.
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MikeCm
Occupy Reality
03:04 PM on 11/30/2011
Exaclty.

No form of abuse is tolerable.... but we as a cultutre are highly prone to sex hysteria and manipulation.

Why??? Because our culture was founded by religious fanatics centuries ago who believed all sorts of superstitious nonsense? Or because charlatans enjoy the power-rush of whipping-up masses?

Perhaps a combo of both.
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reviewingthesituation
Southern liberal feminist
07:40 PM on 11/27/2011
The "alleged" victim should add a few million to the damages he should be rightfully awarded.

As for Paterno: how does a decent man stay in the same room with, have a drink with, pal around with, someone an associate has reported seeing rape a child? Seems like it would be a bit off-putting.
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06:19 PM on 11/27/2011
The nature of the country, the world, seems much uglier on the surface than it has been in years. Few people conceal their hatred for others, they just openly attack people because that person has some spotlight that they feel makes them a target . . it doesn't seem to matter that its a sad, bad, or great spotlight. Kinda strange, since popular media usually paints the bully or aggressor as someone who'll get his/her come uppence sooner or later. It's just as likely now that the bullies will be bullied by another group . . I'd be surprised otherwise. And I don't think its a football thing or a college thing but a human nature thing from the parents downward.
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dgibson969
05:20 PM on 11/27/2011
It does not pay to be a whistle blower! Just look at LInda Tripp! The whistle blower at the top of the Monica Lewinski scandal against President Clinton. The exposing of the groping of children, has moved from the top of the political world, through the religious world, and is now devouring the educational world. The problem as I see it, is that it is starting in the favorite classes of gambling adults, the sports world! God save the world of sports, huh?
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rozalindb
What's happened to us??
08:44 PM on 11/27/2011
What happened to Linda Tripp? She wasn't a whistle blower. She was a political shill. The President did not break any laws that she "whistled" about. He showed poor judgment and dishonored his wife, neither are crimes. I'm sorry, but the "problem" cannot be relegated to specific "worlds." Individuals show lack of accountability and responsibility in all areas of life. BTW, this scandal is about a lot more than "groping," as you stated. It is about criminal behavior on the part of the perpetrator, and the people who ignored what they saw or knew.
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pamranch
02:39 PM on 11/28/2011
thank you. & monica lewinsky was no child.
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robdel61946
What’s past is prologue
04:37 PM on 11/27/2011
Once again the adults in the environment demonstrate the fine character Penn State football instills....does anyone seriously think the bullies aren't acting on the direct or tacit messages they are getting from the adults in their lives?
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07:28 PM on 11/27/2011
Exactly!
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SteveDenver
Progressive and liberal, just like Jesus Christ.
05:16 AM on 11/28/2011
F/F Child bullies thrive on the messages of direct or indirect approval from the adults around them. Failure to act against bullies is a form of permission.
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Madelaine
Psychotherapist, researcher; advocate-human rights
04:29 PM on 11/27/2011
Unbelievable there is no protection for this young man! Then, again, the systems that colluded with Sandusky, the Reptilian Brain.....are manifesting in the high school, also!

THEY should be investigated!
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pillgirl
whats a micro-bio?
03:42 PM on 11/27/2011
geez poor kid. the adults really have an obligation to protect this kid.
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Squiriferous
You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime.
03:14 PM on 11/27/2011
This incident speaks volumes about the pronounced lack of character and intellect typical in most sports fans.
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Ram Samudrala
Give more to the world than what I take from it
04:45 AM on 11/28/2011
Herd mentality, I agree. I bet there are many many more cases like this. Look at what happened with the Catholic Church. I'd just roughly guess (pure speculation) more than 50% of the athletics program have people who prey on the weak and innocent and take advantage of them.
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NextStopWonder
NEVER forget Troy Davis
11:01 AM on 11/29/2011
That's a totally unfair and inaccurate statement. Hundreds of thousands, even millions, of sports fans are absolutely against what happened to those kids, and what's happening now to Victim #1. While these people may not be able to, most sports fans can separate themselves enough from the love a sport to see that this whole situation is horrible. It's ridiculous to say that most sports fans agree with or would display similar behavior.
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bluemonk611
Read a book!
12:01 PM on 11/27/2011
Tells you what you need to know about Central Mountain High School. The victim of rape is persecuted.... the old football mascot (Paterno no longer was coaching anything) who knew about it is the true victim.
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Daniel Zook
Just an observant Millenial.
08:42 AM on 11/28/2011
Right because it was Paterno who Sandusky was after this whole time. I feel terrible for the "victum" who protected his kiddie-rapist assistant coach for 15 years. Sure, let's just all feel sorry for Paterno and not for the kids. I mean, a 42 year cover up is far worse than children getting rapped.
03:13 PM on 11/25/2011
Shame on the kids at this school and the teachers who allowed this bullying to go on. Shame on a country that puts a higher value on football than it does it's children. This warped kind of thinking is part of the problem we have in this country where people don't realize what is important. People should always, always come before anything else. A child left in the care of an adult in a sports program should be protected. And anyone who knows something wrong is going on and doesn't do all he can to stop it is just as guiltly as the abuser. Wonder how many people would be upset if the coach didn't have a winning record or if his program didn't bring in so much money.

These bullys should try to imagine what it would be like to have Sandusky on them...gross as it sounds...before they pick on the victim. Shame on Us.
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bettestreep
No more wire hangers EVER!!!
03:49 PM on 11/27/2011
The Principal at Central Mountain High School, Karen Probst, allowed for this to happen and when Victim One reported it - she stood by Sandusky!

And she and other staff who knew what was going on and ignored it are still employed at this school.

Penn State did the right thing by sacking Paterno and Spanier.

Now it's time for the authorities at Central Mountain High School to sack Karen Probst and anyone else who knew what was going on with Victim One and chose to defend Sandusky!!!
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pamranch
02:43 PM on 11/28/2011
that whole region needs to be investigated.
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Madelaine
Psychotherapist, researcher; advocate-human rights
04:34 PM on 11/27/2011
Not at all gross....and it is a realistic impulse! I have a slightly different one. I think they should try Sandusky (and keep him alive to do it!), then immediately put him in the general population. Call it karma...or natural consequences....

The judge who let him out like this should be charged, in any way possible, herself. Hopefully someone is filing a formal complaint....she has no business...or objectivity to be a judge!
09:41 AM on 11/24/2011
i wished one of the victim bite sandowsy.s dick off.so himself and kids woul be free. he still would be famous as dickless coach. ygc
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Jefferson Vickers
08:34 PM on 11/23/2011
He and his mother are welcome to my 2 spare rooms in California
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Squiriferous
You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime.
03:15 PM on 11/27/2011
That's the kind of thing Sandusky would say.
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bettestreep
No more wire hangers EVER!!!
03:52 PM on 11/27/2011
Nah - Sandusky wouldn't do it in a bedroom. He did his stuff in lockerrooms and showers - and only with the full blessings from Penn State and Central Mountain High School officials.
03:52 PM on 11/23/2011
You don't understand the level of emotional control and abuse that goes with this sort of behavior... blaming the child for not telling is so completely wrong.

What you would do now as an adult with perfect hindsight is NOT what most abuse survivors actually do. Child molesters / rapers pick the boys that they think will NOT tell, just as adult rapists pick victims who they don't think will fight back... they pick their victims on the basis of who they think lack enough self confidence or self worth to defend themselves.

It is the most fragile in our society that are the prey for the abusers and rapists - Ask yourself why so few rape victims come forward and report the crime? The fact that YOU would tell if you were raped means that you are less likely to be the victim of a rape. Am I getting through to you?

The actual statistics, according to the Department of Justice is that 1 in 6 boys is sexually molested. One in SIX! And if you go into the prisons and do research, which has been done, we find that about 50% of the violent offenders there were victims of sexual abuse as children.
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novabird
Lover of Life, Radical Centrist
06:45 PM on 11/25/2011
I truly believe that if we really wanted to stop the violation of children, we would. We made drunk driving socially unacceptable. We made abuse of animals socially unacceptable. We made wife beating socially unacceptable.

And yet we as a society do not seem to have the will and drive to stop men of power and privilege (ex - Catholic prients) from violating children.
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Madelaine
Psychotherapist, researcher; advocate-human rights
04:38 PM on 11/27/2011
Thanks for such a cogent comment!!!! I have worked with males like this; the actual statistic is even far higher than that....there is not much difference between the male and female rates. However, sexual abuse on a male, by a male, is under-reported due to the machismo of the society, and for these very reasons...bullying and the like! Also, it makes the abused male seem a "victim"...a persona reviled by athletic institutions especially!
03:09 PM on 11/23/2011
Those kids are disgusting. The victim should just move to Tennsssee because everyone here has his back. I hope his bullies get bullied.
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mactownfun
I really wish you could see my bio.
11:48 AM on 11/23/2011
Kelly Hastings, Superinten­­dent of keystone
email khastings@­­kcsd.us
Phone 570-893-49­­00 x 2325
Fax 570-893-46­­34
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Jefferson Vickers
08:30 PM on 11/23/2011
I can fax from my computer and when a company ignores me I set my computer to fax 500 copies of something and just monopolize and cost them ink
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Squiriferous
You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime.
03:19 PM on 11/27/2011
You should set it to print page after page of all black.
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Madelaine
Psychotherapist, researcher; advocate-human rights
04:39 PM on 11/27/2011
This is an intelligent comment on......?
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Squiriferous
You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime.
03:26 PM on 11/27/2011
Do you suppose Keystone has its very own Keystone Kops?