If you want to know why the Sandusky conviction is just the sad beginning of a long process involving his enablers at Penn State, start with this:
These people didn’t know the truth only because they didn’t want to know it. The best example of this pattern of denial is provided by how Mike McQueary’s witnessing Sandusky’s anal rape of a ten-year-old boy in a shower was, within 24 hours, transformed into “something of a sexual nature” when reported by Joe Paterno to his formal administrative superiors, and then within a few days into what university president Gordon Spanier characterized as “conduct that made someone uncomfortable.”
And finish here:
The single most chilling sentence in the legal record of the case is this: Referring to the rape of the child witnessed by McQueary, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office noted in its report last November that “there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child who was sexually assaulted on their campus or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information.”
I’d like to think the author is wrong about whether we’re any better than Penn State, when push comes to shove. But, then again, I would have liked to have thought Penn State was better than Penn State.