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  •  I find Mrs. Sandusky's reactions (8+ / 0-)

    very interesting. It may be that being told in a cold clinical way may have actually reached her.

    While many minority groups are the target for discrimination, few face this hostility without the support and acceptance of their family as do many glbt youth.

    by azrefugee on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 01:29:07 PM PDT

    •  A read an article yesterday that said she was (12+ / 0-)

      crying in court during the closing arguments, and I thought that was odd. Why cry at that point, but not during her cold testimony? Then I read about their adopted son having just come forward about his own abuse, and I thought maybe that was what finally broke through to her.

      •  Good point. (8+ / 0-)

        She's obviously wrapped herself in bubble wrap and built a brick wall, but sooner or later she may actually face the truth.

        While many minority groups are the target for discrimination, few face this hostility without the support and acceptance of their family as do many glbt youth.

        by azrefugee on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 02:07:50 PM PDT

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      •  I actually think she didn't know (7+ / 0-)

        or didn't let herself know, which is different.  I may be wrong, of course.  Maybe she is a colluder.  I just think she was naive, overly credulous, and not very bright.

        My guess is he picked a woman who he could keep dependent on him and shaped her worldview - they married very young.  For whatever reason, it's broken through to her now, and she is horrified.

        Yes, she definitely should have been more aware - MUCH more aware - but, my guess is, had she grown into the kind of person who could threaten him, Sandusky would have dumped her.

        I do think that this case represents a "sea change" - people  will be that much more aware of childhood sexual about, but, also, and perhaps even more importantly, people are less and less likely to excuse deviant behavior because of who the perpetrator is - i.e. a storied football coach.  It's not over, not by a long shot - but it's taking a serious, and long overdue hit.

    •  Denial is a powerful motivator (0+ / 0-)

      Having grown up in a family where sexual abuse took place, I can attest to how obvious, blatant signs of bad things happening are ignored, explained away, and excused.

      It's usually only years later, when the evidence is overwhelming that you finally hear, "Yes, I knew something was happening, but I didn't want to get involved or cause a scene."

      By then, the damage is done, the crimes committed, and lives are ruined.

      "Don't ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine. They fall right out of the sky." -- Kaywinnit Lee Frye

      by Technowitch on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 08:14:42 PM PDT

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