Jerry Sandusky Case

1493 words 6 pages
Naomi Abreu

Currently in the news, there is a major event that pertains to the topic of the psychology of trauma. This event is the investigation of Jerry Sandusky and his alleged conviction of sexual abuse. Jerry Sandusky, an assistant football coach at Penn State University, has been accused of sexually abusing boys in the basement of his home and in the school workout room and locker room. This investigation was triggered by one of the victims who went to the police and since then, more victims have come out as well. This boy stated that the attacks lasted for about four years. Jerry Sandusky met the boys though a foundation he started to help at-risk youths in 1977 called The Second Mile. So far there have been eight
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What was Sandusky taught here? Even if I’m reported to authorities, nothing happens. I bet I can get away with more. In 2000, he is witnessed raping a boy in the shower at Penn State by a janitor. Janitor tells his boss, who tells him to report it, but neither of them report it. Sandusky might have known he was witnessed and not reported. Lesson to Sandusky: I can be witnessed raping children in a semi-public place and no one will do anything. In 2002, he was witnessed raping a 10 year old in a public place (shower). He and the 10 year old both saw that they were witnessed. It was reported to the highest levels at Penn State, and apparently reported to Second Mile where he arranged to have access to foster kids who were already abuse victims and likely to be extremely easy targets for his predation. Consequences to Sandusky? *His keys to the locker room at Penn State were taken away.* “He was told not to bring kids on campus–something everyone states was unenforceable.” The cops were never even called. Lesson to Sandusky? Perhaps: the President of the University doesn’t really mind that I am raping children on university grounds. Since 1977 and until 2010, Sandusky was allowed access to multiple vulnerable kids


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