innocence lost: Sandusky is ‘guilty’

Guilty.  Late last evening former football coach, Jerry Sandusky, was convicted of 45 out of 48 charges against him of sexually abusing at least 10 young men when they were under his care.  In a bombshell announcement Thursday evening, Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, said through his attorney that he was sexually abused by the former coach, adding that he had been prepared to testify against him.  Legal analysts say the accusation could bring additional charges, including incest charges, against the former coach.

You know there are other victims.  There were hundreds of young boys who had contact with Sandusky over the years, most of them from fatherless or hurting families, all of them vulnerable.  It is not hard to conjure up images of a little boy’s thrill of being singled out by such an ‘important man.’   Jerry was big, bold and roughly handsome, and he had a lot of power.  Any little one ‘chosen’ by him for individual attention would initially be excited by the ‘honor’ and then incredibly confused and violated by this man he had trusted.

No matter how many years that Jerry Sandusky is imprisoned and how many dollars are paid by Penn State in compensation to the victims, nothing will ever bring back the innocence of those many little boys.  You only have one childhood.  It was reported that, while Friday night’s verdict prompted cheers outside the courtroom, inside, the mother of Victim 6 did not claim victory.

“Nobody wins. We’ve all lost,” she said before hugging her son.

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3 thoughts on “innocence lost: Sandusky is ‘guilty’

  1. Two in one day–Monsignor Lynn was found guilty of one count of child endangerment on Friday, for failing to report a known (to the Catholic diocese) pedophile being placed in a Philadelphia parish, without warning the other professionals there. The offender, Edward Avery, pled guilty to the sexual assault on an altar boy in 1999. Sometimes, just sometimes, the justice system does work.

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