By now probably everyone in the country has been horrified by the child sexual abuse and rape story coming out of Penn State University. The following is a chronology of events taken from a Pennsylvania grand jury report charged with investigating the case. I was absolutely shocked to learn that for years, so many people, including police investigators, school officials, a district attorney and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Welfare, were well aware of alleged inappropriate sexual behavior by Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, and yet,it is alleged that he continued to sexually assault young boys.
As early as 1998, Sandusky admitted to police that he had showered with an eleven year old boy and that he had hugged that same boy in the shower. Under further questioning, Sandusky stated that it was “wrong” and that he wished he were “dead”. Despite this inappropriate behavior, he was allowed to continue his role working with troubled young boys in The Second Mile charity he founded. I do not understand this.
After reading this timeline, I can only wonder how many other people, aside from Penn State officials and employees, knew about the alleged child sexual assaults and did not stop them. I’d like to know why.
From ESPN College Football
A chronological look at the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, based on a grand jury report in Pennsylvania state court. Some key dates in Penn State football history are included. Sandusky has been charged with 40 criminal counts, accusing him of serial sex abuse of minors:
Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State University as a defensive line coach.
Jerry Sandusky founds The Second Mile. It begins as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys and grows into a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families.
Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football’s national champion for the 1982 season.
Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football’s national champion for the 1986 season.
Boy known as Victim 7 in the report meets Sandusky through The Second Mile program at about the age of 10.
Boy known as Victim 6 meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8 years old.
Boy known as Victim 5, meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is 7 or 8, in second or third grade.
Boy known as Victim 4, at the age of 12 or 13, meets Sandusky while he is in his second year participating in The Second Mile program.
Victim 5 is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10 years old.
Jan. 1, 1998
Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky’s wife, as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl.
Victim 6 is taken into the locker rooms and showers when he is 11 years old. When Victim 6 is dropped off at home, his hair is wet from showering with Sandusky. His mother reports the incident to the university police, who investigate.
Detective Ronald Schreffler testifies that he and State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdrop on two conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky says he has showered with other boys and Victim 6′s mother tries to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again but he will not. At the end of the second conversation, after Sandusky is told he cannot see Victim 6 anymore, Schreffler testifies Sandusky says, “I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”
Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, testifies he and Schreffler interviewed Sandusky, and that Sandusky admits showering naked with Victim 6, admits to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and admits that it was wrong.
The case is closed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decides there will be no criminal charge.
Sandusky retires from Penn State but still holds emeritus status.
Dec. 28, 1999
Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky’s wife, as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1999 Alamo Bowl.
Boy known as Victim 3 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is between seventh and eighth grade.
A janitor named James Calhoun observes Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch Football Building with a young boy, known as Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. He tells other janitorial staff immediately. Fellow Office of Physical Plant employee Ronald Petrosky cleans the showers at Lasch and sees Sandusky and the boy, who he describes as being between the ages of 11 and 13.
Calhoun tells other physical plant employees what he saw, including Jay Witherite, his immediate supervisor. Witherite tells him to whom he should report the incident. Calhoun was a temporary employee and never makes a report. Victim 8′s identity is unknown.
March 1, 2002
A Penn State graduate assistant enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building. In the showers, he sees a naked boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates to be 10 years old, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant tells his father immediately.
March 2, 2002
In the morning, the graduate assistant calls coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno’s home, where he reports what he has seen.
March 3, 2002
Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State athletic director to his home the next day and reports a version of what the grad assistant had said.
Later in the month the graduate assistant is called to a meeting with Curley and senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz. The grad assistant reports what he has seen and Curley and Schultz say they will look into it.
March 27, 2002 (approximate)
The graduate assistant hears from Curley. He is told that Sandusky’s locker room keys are taken away and that the incident has been reported to The Second Mile. The graduate assistant is never questioned by university police and no other entity conducts an investigation until the graduate assistant testifies in grand jury in December 2010.
Boy known as Victim 1 says that he meets Sandusky through The Second Mile at age 11 or 12.
During the 2007 track season, Sandusky begins spending time with Victim 1 weekly, having him stay overnight at his residence in College Township, Pa.
Termination of contact with Victim 1 occurs when he is a freshman in a Clinton County high school. After the boy’s mother calls the school to report sexual assault, Sandusky is barred from the school district attended by Victim 1 from that day forward and the matter is reported to authorities as mandated by law.
An investigation by the Pennsylvania attorney general begins when a Clinton County, Pa., teen boy tells authorities that Sandusky has inappropriately touched him several times over a four-year period.
read the rest at ESPN College Football]]>
From National Geographic:
By Caroline Gerdes
Child brides are not unique to a single country, religion, or language. Even though child marriage is illegal in most nations, it is a common tradition — older than laws protecting against it.
“Every time I have been granted access [to take pictures] it is because there is someone within the community … who didn’t necessarily like the practice. But they wanted their voices to be heard,” said Stephanie Sinclair, who photographed National Geographic magazine’s piece examining child marriage, “Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides.”
With the publication of the article and continuing efforts, Sinclair and the story’s author Cynthia Gorney are making sure these voices are being heard. The writer and photographer team will speak at National Geographic’s headquarters Monday, October 5. Sinclair and Gorney will show compelling images and discuss all the dilemmas facing child brides in today’s world.
read more at National Geographic
From NBC News
By Ed Flanagan
BEIJING – China has welcomed millions of eager new drivers onto its increasingly congested roads in the last few years.
None appear as young as this young whippersnapper.
Ever-popular China blog, Shanghaiist, pointed us toward this disturbing video of what appears to be a young girl around the age of 4 or 5 casually driving a small sedan down the streets of a Chinese city.
Even more surprising though is the fact that she is apparently accompanied by two adults – presumably her parents – who encourage her as she navigates early morning traffic (the clock at one point shows 7:00 a.m.).
“Drive safely,” says the woman holding the camera at the beginning of the clip to the young girl as she starts down the street, her head barely reaching over the wheel. Later, about 40 seconds in to the video clip, the young girl brightly notes that the “flowers are starting to bloom” as she passes a large SUV before a man in the back reminds her again to drive carefully and pay attention to the road.
Later about 1:05 into the clip, the bubbly girl actually makes a fairly deft pass around a car in front of them that is waiting at a stoplight to make a left turn.
The question of how this young girl’s legs were able to reach the gas and break pedals is answered at the end of the clip when the girl stops the car and a man comes around and appears to remove some sort of extension pedals from beneath the driver’s area.
read the rest at NBC News]]>