I am horrified by the reaction Penn State has had to this scandal. The students are more worried that their beloved head coach has been fired than that eight children have been sexually abused.
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Come on, Jerry Sandusky -- do the right thing. Admit what you've done over all these years and spare your victims gut-wrenching trials. Let's put the focus where it belongs now -- on the victims.
Already in sports forums online, commenters are once again busy conflating homosexuality with pedophilia. And the circle of guilt and blame will be offloaded -- again -- onto us queers, homos, fags (words invoked hatefully, with a slightly curled lip).
At least Groucho Marx was only acting in a movie when he made the "lying eyes" quote. What is Sandusky's reasoning for using the same defense? I personally have no idea, but I'd give anything to have his brain studied in the name of science.
Today as in the past, for in the spectrum from sexual harassment to sexual assault and rape, there is no such thing as an "innocent bystander."
If a college culture tolerates and fails to properly investigate, adjudicate, and punish serious sexual misconduct, then it debases campus life, makes a farce of campus "conduct codes," and may leave the college's reputation in ruins.
His main supposition is that none of us truly knows what we would do in that very same situation until we're in "McQueary's shoes," and that it's easy for us to judge and condemn others when we might actually behave in the same manner.
Being a longtime movie and TV buff, I started casting the Penn State movie in my head.
I'd much rather have our children be slightly cynical and aware, to encourage them to follow their sense of self-trust, than to insist that kids must show physical affection when they don't feel comfortable.
The Penn State scandal points to an unwritten rule there and probably at other top college football programs: there are different rules for football than for other departments in the institution.
Fear and loyalty are a deadly mix when it comes to breaking out of a comfort zone and doing "the right thing" -- in this case, the two worked together to create a miserable mix of cover-ups, ongoing, preventable abuse and deceit.
Even after a weekend full of scorn and negativity, Paterno's legacy should be allowed to outshine the dark shadow this scandal has cast over his entire career.
Universities may be large scale, complex institutions with many employees and many demands, but that doesn't excuse school officials from exercising their legal and moral obligations when problems arise.