Penn State

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Tue, 07-31-2012 - 1:21pm

On the debate/hot topics board there is a discussion going on about the whole Penn State thing. I'm absolutely appalled at how many people think that the NCAA was too harsh on Penn and that many innocent people are being hurt. It sounds as if a lot of people are more concerned about football than the innocent children who were sexually abused. It really pushes my buttons to read the comments. The innocent are the children. Too many people knew and did nothing and I think the NCAA should have been harsher with Penn. How can this country, this world, be so warped that football becomes more important than children? It outrages me. If any of them had been hurt as a child perhaps they'd see how damaging SA is and not worry about a sport. I'm so upset over this.

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Registered: 05-25-2004
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 9:29pm

Yep. It's really disgusting, isn't it?

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Registered: 06-02-2008
Wed, 08-01-2012 - 12:22pm

SinceI wasn't very clear on what's going on I read this article http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8191027/penn-state-nittany-lions-hit-60-million-fine-4-year-bowl-ban-wins-dating-1998

My point of view is that the perpetrator and those who are in essence accomplices by not saying anything regarding something they knew was going on should be dealt with.

They want to take away Paterno's statue and stop the glorification of this coach, fine,  but why deny the players who probably had nothing to do with the abuse or the cover ups the wins they worked hard for? 

What happened is tragic and Sandusky needs some major help and those who covered it up will have to deal with that on their conscious.   If the families joined forces to sue the indviduals who were in charge at the time that would make sense to me, but the NCAA coming in now to put forth fines doesn't make sense to me. Big whoop, Penn state pays a fine, it changes nothing.  The winning record is shattered.  Big whoop, it changes nothing.   

If somone drives the get away car they are charged as an accessory and they go to court.  Why should this be any different?

 

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 10:09am

An institution covered up the raping of children. People knew and did nothing. Isn't that enough?

Sandusky needs help? No, the child victims need help.

I think Penn is lucky they still have a football program.

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Registered: 06-02-2008
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 12:34pm

I'm not sure who all from Penn state was involved or if any of them are still working there but if someone was involved with covering it up, they shouldn't be working for Penn State and whatever legal means can deal with them needs to happen. Individual people, who made individual bad decisions should be held responsible not the entire school. That's my thought.

I don't deny that the the children who were victimized need help and I don't minimize their suffering. Perhaps my own experiences of victimization color my perspective on seeing the need for the perp to also need help and after hearing an interview with Sandusky a while back I see an individual who needs some help. Much in the same way a person with perpetual DUI's needs a major intervention. What that "help" looks like depends on the person and the situation but needing help can also include life in prison if that's what is needed.

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 4:21pm

I know you understand, (((Zoe))), and I don't mean to be on the warpath. I just get so upset because so many people seem to be more worried about a football team than the victims. This one is just too close to home for me to think about it in any other way.

allie

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 10:43pm
babydance98 wrote:

I know you understand, (((Zoe))), and I don't mean to be on the warpath. I just get so upset because so many people seem to be more worried about a football team than the victims. This one is just too close to home for me to think about it in any other way.

allie

It's ok.  If not for people that felt strongly for the rights of sexual abuse survivors there'd be no advocates :smileyhappy: