Amid the outpouring of emotion that's followed has been this message that Paterno was not a god and just a human being who made some mistakes. The tributes have largely focused on the good that Paterno did in his life.
There is a greater lesson to be learned by this man's life and from any hero who falls. The lesson is this: You cannot delegate influence. You cannot defer your story to another. It is yours and yours alone.
After the Penn State scandal broke, I was asked if this was finally the tipping point. Would colleges now take sexual assault seriously? Doubtful. And a new case of a university run amok has emerged to serve as evidence.
Sandusky's arrest last November triggered a wave of news coverage. But what is the media coverage saying, and how might it affect the public conversation as Sandusky's trial moves forward?
My shame is ancient, intractable. Shame that I allowed it to happen, that I gave in to the wild, confusing pleasure of sex with him. I remained terrified, frozen in the bond of it, until I wrote a book that added an honest voice to the complexity of childhood sexual abuse.
Permit me one New Year's prediction about which I am absolutely certain, and two for which I have a strong hunch.
It has now been two months since scandal rolled into the Happy Valley. Much is still uncertain and yet the university, the surrounding community, and the nation as a whole remains fixated on the question of responsibility.
The number one issue is not sexual abuse, as important as that issue is. The greatest missed opportunity, the elephant in the room, is the need to question the purpose of the university and university athletics.
Most of us know the difference between right and wrong, and in this situation it's a no-brainer. There is no grey area here.
Jerry Sandusky's attorney, has made one misstep after another. However, his strategy of waiving Tuesday's public hearing was a good move because it gives Sandusky more bargaining chips if he hopes to spend anything short of the rest of his life behind bars.
Football has been so wildly popular in this nation because it inherently reflects values that Americans hold dear. What has happened to our beloved American game?
The recent child sexual abuse allegations involving Jerry Sandusky have opened up the floor for many to debate whether or not laws should require all adults to report known or suspected cases of child abuse.
All parents want to protect their children. That's why we read baby books when we are pregnant. That's why we take babies to doctor's appointments mon...
Even though so many women are affected by the pain of rape and sexual assault, it took a star-studded case to bring the issue of rape to the forefront of American interest.
The usual gang of idiots over at MAD Magazine is releasing their annual list of the stupidest people, events, and things of the year next week and we have an advanced look.
Ever since Jerry Sandusky's arrest, the scandal has become a cause célèbre for right-wing extremists, who are practically tripping over each other in the stampede to place the blame in the hands of the gay community.