She says it like it is…Christiane Amanpour

November 20, 2011 on ABC This Week  Christiane Amanpour was a delightful surprise.  I was enjoying a mug of hot coffee and reading the Sunday paper.  While my husband watches this show regularly, I have never done so.  All of the sudden I hear this woman say the true and right words for what Jerry Sandusky had done.  I was so impressed.  As I write  in my book,  and as Andrew Vachass is so adamant about, how our language has desensitized us and affects the outrage that should be a natural feeling!  We even call children prostitutes!  Then, our laws and how offenders do not get held responsible is rampant.  Then children and their families pay the price.  But who really cares?  Well, while there is a lot more to the topic of infection of our language, I want to go through Jerry’s confession and watch his language.  The first is with Bob Costas posted Dec. 6, 2011 by Huff Post Sports.

“Costas was blunt, often uncomfortably so.  (Good for him!)

“What about Mike McQueary, the grad assistant who in 2002 walked into the shower where he says in specific detail that you were forcibly raping a boy who appeared to be 10 or 11 years old?” Costas asked. “That his hands were up against the shower wall and he heard rhythmic slap, slap, slapping sounds and he described it as rape?” (very clear language, wouldn’t you say?)

Sandusky answered that it was false.

Costas also asked specifically about touching boys’ genitals and performing oral sex…

Perhaps the most arresting moment came when Costas asked Sandusky if he was sexually attracted to underage boys. Sandusky at first repeated the question, then said:youngI enjoy young people. I love to be around them,before denying sexual attraction.

I’ll let the viewer infer what they want from that, but it was somewhat odd,” Costas said on “Morning Joe.”

Dona Hayes, chairwoman of Syracuse University’s broadcast and digital journalism program, said she thought Costas did an outstanding job with the interview.

“He was respectful of the ongoing legal process, but at the same time he asked the pointed questions that echoed what many fair-minded people, in Costas’ words, were thinking and asking,” Hayes said.

Costas didn’t sensationalize, attack or dismiss Sandusky, wrote Jeff Labrecque of Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday. “He stuck to the facts, and let Sandusky’s words – and silences – do his work for him,” he said.”

The following is from the The Christian Post, posted Nov. 9, 2011.

Police allegedly ignored a confession from former assistant football coach at Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with sexually assaulting eight boys…

In May 1998, victim No. 6 allegedly informed his mother of a shower he took with Sandusky in the boys’ locker room, according to Sara Ganim of the Patriot News.

The victim described to his mother how Sandusky lathered him and then bear-hugged him.

The mother reported the sexual harassment to the police. Six weeks later, police eavesdropped on Sandusky while he confessed his misdoings.

“I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead,” Sandusky told the mother, according to the Patriot News.

Jerry Sandusky admitted to my face, he admitted it,” said the victim’s mother. ( 1998?   2002?  years and years of no police or university action!  Do we even want to ask ourselves why?)

“They dropped the ball,” she added, referencing the police’s failure to pursue the confession.Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach to renowned head coach Joe Paterno, is charged with the sexual assault of eight boys over a period of 15 years from 1994 to 2009.

He is suspected to have abused the boys during his participation in The Second Mile, a statewide nonprofit organization that helps at-risk kids. Sandusky founded The Second Mile in 1977.

Top officials Tim Curley, the athletic director, and Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business, are also being charged with perjury and failing to alert police of Sandusky’s sexual misdoings. The two stepped down from their posts at Penn State Sunday. (Finally!)

Curley and Schultz reportedly ignored rumors of Sandusky’s inappropriate behavior. (Excuse me, when did rape and molestation get downgraded to ‘inappropriate behavior?’)

In March 2002, a graduate assistant at the university notified Paterno he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a nude male victim in the locker room showers.  (Why wasn’t he outraged and call the police immediately?)

“As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at the time, I referred the matter to university administrators,” said Paterno. (Pathetic)

Curley and Schultz took no action after hearing of the assault, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly. Paterno is not a suspect in the case.

News agencies announced Tuesday Paterno might be asked to step down from his post as head coach. On Wednesday morning, ABC news confirmed these reports to be premature..

“No one has asked Joe to step down,” said Paterno’s son, Scott Paterno, to reporters Tuesday afternoon.

The Board of Trustees will hold an emergency meeting Friday, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will attend.

So, possibly from 1994 until 2011 an evil that will affect us all, even if we do not realize it, was ignored for possibly selfishness, skewed value systems, and certainly by the softening of the words we use to describe this evil; and who knows what else conspired to keep the secret.

Comments

  1. Vera DeMay says:

    Question – why then when priests are accused of molesting children, are they not charged through the criminal justice system, have a trial, and (if convicted) sent to prison?

  2. Who can answer this pertinent question? Who is protecting them? A few have done jail time, but it is so rare. What is this problem saying about us as a society, a culture?

    Sherrill

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