also at The G Bitch Spot
And it’s not about public education this time. It’s Sandusky.
Costas: Are you a pedophile?
First off, who would answer yes on national television when there’s a criminal case against him [and now about 10 more victims have come forward, though all are still under investigation].
Costas: Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?
Sandusky: Am I sexually attracted to–
Sandusky: –underage boys? [brief pause] Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. Um, I, I [brief pause] but, no, I am not sexually attracted to young boys.
The pauses are creepy.
It is hard to believe that after 2 witnessed sexual assaults, a confession to the mother of Victim 6, a multi-year grand jury investigation and an indictment that there can be any doubts that he is a predator of some degree. And I assert that predators like Sandusky appears to be can tell themselves that they have done no harm, or minimal harm, or meant no harm and therefore there can’t be any harm because they intended none. Only someone who cannot or does not care about the long-term mental and sexual health of a child is capable of the trail of destruction he’s left behind him.
I’ve said multiple times: If my boy was one of those boys, I would go to law school just so I could spend the rest of my life suing and pursuing anydamnbody whose negligence, fear, or inability to believe that A Great Man Like Sandusky would do Such Things allowed anyone, not just my child, to be hurt.
Childhood sexual abuse [and I include teens in “child” here because some parts of them are still children] is devastating–no matter what interventions, the trauma, the violated trust, the shame continues, especially for boys because they are often the forgotten or unseen victims of CSA. No amount of blue wearing or group silence will help a victim. [Ironic—group silence is what allowed this to fester and spread.] That’s about feeling better about themselves, showing We Care, with emphasis on the We rather than Them.
Ugh. I really hate
adults humans sometimes.
OK, lots of times.
And then there’s Mike McQueary, who appears to be changing his story to now assert he “stopped” the rape. Unfortunately, that is not what he said to the grand jury:
In the purported e-mail to his Penn State teammates, sent at an unknown time, McQueary says, “the truth is not out there fully… I didn’t just turn and run… I made sure it stopped…”
McQueary reportedly was speaking to a lawyer on Monday and hasn’t commented publicly since the scandal broke.
In the grand jury presentment, the account of McQueary’s testimony says he told the jury he heard the encounter between Sandusky and what he believed was a 10-year-old boy, saw the two in a shower in a apparent sexual attack and “left immediately, distraught.”
And it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t tell the grand jury that he intentionally stopped the rape.
[transcript from HuffPo but I changed the punctuation and added the pauses heard]