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  •  Brave diary and very well said. (20+ / 0-)

    I admire your courage and your insights. I am sure that following this trial risks awakening old memories for you.

    Here is what I take from the Sandusky trial, assuming the allegations to be true for my purposes:

    1. "Marriage is between a man and a woman and when same sex couples attempt to marry, they defile the institution". Oh, really? Where are you Bible thumpers when a marriage is actually defiled, as it so clearly was here. And not just by Jerry, but by a wife who turned a blind ear and eye to what was going on and failed to get help for either the victims or her husband.  It's not "until you go into the basement with that boy do we part".  But nope. It's the gays who are defiling marriage, like that libertine Mary Cheney who has been with her partner for YEARS.

    2. College athletics must die. No, really. I know it will be missed by millions, but the money has corrupted it absolutely, to the point where an assistant coach will ignore what he saw with his own eyes to save the organization and all those salaries that depend on it. Get the money out of college athletics and put it back in academics where it belongs. Austerity? Yep. Strip the athletics to the bare bones and make it truly amateur, not a corporate breeding ground. Get the money out of college athletics. I'm serious.

    3, McQueary is a villain here. He got a nice, clear look at what happened, but didn't want to get involved. Any reasonable person would have saved that boy. Any reasonable person.

    4. There are doubtless scores of others who were aware of Sandusky's conduct, but chose to ignore it.  He was anything but careful. They are guilty, too.

    5. The foregoing having been said, I defer to the actual jury to determine whether Sandusky is guilty. I think we know without awating that verdict that college athletics and our worship of it has gotten way out of hand.

    •  This isn't finished. The federal investigation is (4+ / 0-)
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      still ongoing about the cover-up.  The Athletic Directors and McQueary are not off the hook.  

      •  Now that he is convicted I can say this: (1+ / 0-)
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        McQueary had the best chance to stop this. He sat on it for years (so to speak). Sandusky's marriage to his wife was between a man and a woman. No same sex marriage defiled his "traditional" marriage. He did it on his own and he is not the first.

        Very sad that there were legions of enablers, including Paterno. This isn't about a pedophile. It is about how corrupt college athletics is now. Corrupt to the point where boy rape is tolerated.

        •  there is reason to believe that... (1+ / 0-)
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          .... some witnesses are traumatized by what they see, to the point where they can't process it normally.  

          A fairly large chunk of the American population got PTSD symptoms from 9/11, just from seeing the videos of the planes flying into the buildings and the WTC towers collapsing.  This from only seeing it on video.  New Yorkers got more PTSD symptoms because they were attacked.  Smoking, drinking, and other forms of drug use went up after the attack.

          I tend to think the situation would improve considerably if there was a "universal reporting" law: everyone has an obligation to report, immediately.  This would lead to discussions and trainings and other ways of teaching people how to report an event they witness.  It would become as routinized as learning how to report a fire.

          This is what we need: universal duty to report, and some kind of training to teach people how to report.  

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 04:40:41 AM PDT

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          •  Boys Town... (0+ / 0-)

            ...has developed a training program called "Safe Environment" that is used by Catholic schools and parishes all over the country to train teachers, other school staff, priests and volunteers that work with children about how to protect children, signs of abuse, and how and when to report.

            It is easily available and it is not religious at all. They have longer workshops for teachers and short ones designed for volunteers. In the Archdiocese I live in, everyone who works with children in a school or parish is required to have completed the training and to have a criminal background check.

    •  College athletics's not just the big dollar sports (0+ / 0-)

      Where the college or university is essentially running a minor league professional team, with unpaid players, that ought to be shut down.  The benefits those programs yield for the few legitimate scholar/athletes are out-weighed by the huge abuses the programs commit, and those benefits could be conferred by alternate means.  But, the vast majority of college athletics is anything but semi-pro.  If there is a problem with a particular sport - for example, concussions in football or hockey - deal with that directly.  There is no reason to cut lacrosse, fencing, or rowing because the football program got out of hand.  

      On the money side, I contribute in a small way to my University and to its athletic department (I played one of those small draw sports).  The money from those two sets of contributions is not fungible.    I am sure that the Athletic Department makes the case that not only do they carry their own weight, but the loyalty of athletic alumni spills over to the University.  It might even be true.  

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