The Monstrous Sandusky Facing 442 Years In Prison.
Sandusky has it easy because he’ll die in prison, while his victims will be forced to contend with the nightmares for the rest of their lives.
BELLEFONTE, PA --- A Centre County Pennsylvania jury found former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse. Sandusky walked into the courtroom to hear the verdict a free man, and walked out of the courtroom in handcuffs to spend the rest of his life imprisoned.
It was just 8 months ago, in November of 2011, that the initial allegations and grand jury indictment against Sandusky, were revealed to the public. Investigators began piecing together the evidence of Sandusky’s sexual abuse of young boys in 2008. There were eight young men who testified before the grand jury. By the time of trial, 2 additional victims stepped forward.
The trial, originally slated to take three weeks, was handed to the jury in less than two.
Nick Carbone writes for Time:
The trial began June 11, bringing international attention to the tiny hamlet of Bellefonte, Pa., a town of 6,000 nestled among the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania. Just 10 miles southwest rests the now-disgraced town of State College, home of Penn State, that has been rocked by the scandal involving the former Penn State defensive coordinator who was once a local celebrity.I read in a couple of articles that the “victims have closure,” and the victims can move on now. Putting this monster behind bars will not give any victim closure, because that’s an individual journey that each victim has to make on their own. If there are lawsuits filed against Penn State and Sandusky himself, they will be talking about it and having to deal with the repercussions for years.
The defense alleged that the young men were colluding to collect a large payout. Amendola argued that investigators in the case had fed lines to the victims during their official police statements. But head prosecutor Joe McGettigan consistently denied Amendola’s claims, and in closing arguments he turned the focus back on the alleged victims. On a large screen in the courtroom, he displayed photos of the eight youths who testified against Sandusky. They appeared as happy young boys – carrying dark secrets. “We can’t give them back their souls or those pieces of souls that he took,” McGettigan appealed to the jurors. “But he knows he did it, and you know he did it. Give him the justice he really deserves, and find him guilty of everything.”
Sexually abusing a child robs a kid of their childhood, and their innocence and their soul. It damages someone profoundly, and I really think the crime is as heinous as murder, because the long term effect it has on one’s psyche is immeasurable. Victims of abuse attempt suicide at a much higher rate than the general population. The victims often have to contend with mental health issues, and alcohol or drug addiction, throughout their entire life. Post traumatic stress disorder plagues many victims as well, which is why it is imperative that all Americans have access to affordable health care, and affordable mental health care.
I started writing the other day about my own journey as a victim of sexual abuse. It’s difficult to navigate the minefield of emotions that comes with writing about it, or discussing it. I’m determined to continue to try to be more open about it, because most people don’t have a clue about the long term problems that victims experience. I also feel that there’s a stigma attached to victims, and that troubles me.
I never had the opportunity to go to court and face my abuser. I didn’t have the chance to file a lawsuit against a church or a big institution, because the abuser was a neighbor. He committed suicide years ago, and I guess I feel cheated. I don’t feel that way because I couldn’t go to court in a criminal or civil case, and get satisfaction. I feel that way because I’ve had to contend with this for my entire life.
Once you become aware of it, it hangs over you like a thunderous storm cloud, and you never know when the thunder will strike. My abuser was able to wipe away his guilt and pain in an instant, when he killed himself. The Sandusky victims don’t have that option, and neither do I.
VIA: Time Magazine
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