Sandusky Case Results: What Do We Tell The Kids?

The chilling result of former FBI Director's 7 month, 400-person investigation: Top brass, including beloved football coach Joe Paterno, knew for 14 years but did not protect children. What's the take-away?

I found  myself turning the radio news off this morning as the Mom-limo headed for 7 a.m. summer camp, unsure of what I could possibly say to my son about the results of the investigation into allegations of longtime sexual abuse of kids while Penn State coach Joe Paterno did nothing.

“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims,” Louis J. Freeh, the former federal judge and director of the F.B.I. who oversaw the investigation, told a press conference of reporters. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

I got so far as that sound bite and turned off the radio, en route to a sports camp. Nothing I could immedately think of was the right frame for the conversation: Don't trust adults, obviously not. Don't ever be alone with a male adult? Possibly, but he's in school, sports, music performance and scouts. Isn't the idea to have positive role models beyond their front door? Trust your instincts? Maybe, but that's the same instinct that thinks 10 hours daily video time is fair.

What are you telling your kids about this case and the shocking results that for 14 years, the Penn State top brass knew Jerry Sandusky had molested children in his charge. I am interested and I suspect others are, too, so share it in our comments.

Shawn Pearson July 13, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Jerry Sandusky spent a lifetime at Penn State. Now, he'll spend the rest of his lifetime at the state pen.
lv2bsnwbrdn July 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Shawn, most certainly a pun to be intended.
Dr. Andrea Metzker July 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I think we need to teach our children to be aggressive when they need to. They need to know that if they feel uncomfortable in anyway at anytime with anyone, they are allowed to scream, hit, run and say anything that will get them out of the situation. If anyone every says "don't tell..." it is a sure sign that they need to tell someone.
Nancy Wride July 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Totally agree. The creeps prey on people's natural wish to not be or make others uncomfortable, to be nice. The good guys understand. Our neighbor Tamra's father was in town, and he struck up a front yard chat with our son, then 6, who said matter of fact: You're a stranger sir, and I don't talk to strangers." Visiting Dad wasd quite amused but kept it together and nodded yes, yes this was the right answer. :D
Ned Schneebly July 14, 2012 at 06:43 AM
The only reason their is people like Jerry Sandusky. Because you have big institutions like Penn State and Powerful people like Joe Paterno who covered for him. I don't know who is worse. You can bet on this, their is more than one Jerry Sandusky still lurking around Penn State, they just haven't been exposed yet.


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