Think to yourself: What's your deepest, darkest secret? Now, can you imagine how difficult it would be to repeatedly tell strangers about it? Detectives, mental health workers, prosecutors and then, ultimately, jurors at a trial.
Gone are the days when no one could take a joke about what might happen in a bed shared by two men or two women. These days, we know gay sex is just as funny, and sometimes tragic, as the other kind.
The jury in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky could begin deliberations as early as Thursday.
Time limits for the criminal prosecution of sexual abuse is pro-abuser, not pro-victim. Sexual assault victims don't get to forget. Neither should the sick, twisted members of our society who harmed them.
Spanier's name may always tarnish my educational pride and joy, but may it be a reminder to all Penn State graduates that his lack of action only enables us to do something infinitely more positive, palpable, and life-changing for those who suffered.
This week, America's sports pages took on a much darker tone as the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial got underway and Lance Armstrong was hit with yet another round of doping allegations. Meanwhile, Jamie Dimon's Senate visit left both Democratic and Republican senators looking foolish. On the Democratic side, an ill-prepared Jeff Merkley told Dimon he wouldn't have a job if the government hadn't bailed out his bank with TARP funds -- a claim Dimon swatted away as "factually wrong." On the GOP side, Senators Jim DeMint and Bob Corker used the opportunity to rail against ineffective regulation they've dedicated themselves to making ineffective. Jon Stewart summed up the political jujitsu perfectly: "It must be fun to be a Republican senator... you get the fun of breaking sh*t and the joy of complaining that the sh*t you just broke doesn't work." It all made you long for Elizabeth Warren as Dimon's cross-examiner.
Both the prosecution and the defense in Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse trial presented strong opening arguments Monday. Yet, opening arguments are only a small fraction of what's needed to build the case.
If there can be a Twinkie defense, why can't there be one for Zoloft? That appears to be the logic of the defense in the case of Anthony Nicholas Orban, the Westminster, Calif., police detective charged with kidnapping and raping a waitress at gunpoint in 2010.
"Always see yourself as thirty years old. See yourself as perfect, whole and complete, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually."
While the details of the victims' experiences are beyond shocking, it is the culture of silence surrounding Sandusky's alleged criminal behavior that ultimately raises some of the most perplexing moral questions.
How the American justice system copes with cases like this should be of interest to all Americans. But those who are interested should not have to go on a scavenger hunt among the box scores to find it.
When I think of Penn State, I think of how the students' pride in their institution, in their leaders, could have increased enormously had the administration done the right thing. And I wonder how much they could have learned had the university only acted responsibly.
From a distance this case seems like a slam-dunk for the prosecution. There are ten different alleged victims. There's an independent witness, football assistant Mike McQueary.
Sometimes we were ripping from the headlines, but just as often it felt like the headlines were ripping from us. Either way, we were trying to explore issues that were increasingly in the zeitgeist.
Over the years, we've watched young men and women under oath crumble into tears when asked to specifically describe abuse foisted upon them. It is a particularly poignant topic as a trial for former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky on fifty-two counts of abuse is fast approaching.
Many have thrown harsh criticism at Paterno for not acting right away. While a heroic, Superman response would've been ideal, it's just that -- a fantasy.