Penn State’s Shame of Silence

by Diane Dimond on November 14, 2011

How Many Boys Were Sexually Abused?

Imagine an 11 year old boy from an underprivileged family who gets help from a local charity called The Second Mile so he can spend time with members of the exalted Penn State University football team.

This little boy is ushered onto campus and is introduced around by one of the team’s top coaches. He gets to work out with the players and see the action up close. This kid feels like a King! Boy, wait till he tells his buddies back in the housing project where he lives with his single mother.

But a part of the boy’s dream includes something he wishes he could forget. The coach that brought him to this wondrous place suggests a shower at the end of their special day and when they are both naked engages in sexually charged behavior with the child.

Did Sandusky Use His Charity to Attract Prey?

After the coach drives him home the boy says to his mother, “If you’re wondering why my hair is wet, we took a shower together.”

The outraged mother calls police and the first official investigation of Penn State’s assistant coach Jerry Sandusky begins. The year is 1998.

The mother has two conversations with Sandusky while police listened in. Police confirm Sandusky admitted showering with several young boys and ultimately told the woman, “I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness … I wish I was dead.” The local District Attorney, Ray Gricar, decides there isn’t enough evidence to press charges.

Now Fired Football Coach Joe Paterno

Somehow word gets back to the University and a short time later Sandusky is told by head coach Joe Paterno that he will never be promoted. Sandusky soon retires but retains all university privileges, including keys to the football locker rooms.

Two years later, in the fall of 2000, in that very same Penn State shower room a janitor named Jim Calhoun comes upon a horrifying scene.

Sandusky Charged With 40 Counts of Sex Abuse

Just so you know the nature of what we’re talking about here I’ll quote a brand new Grand Jury report: “Jim observed Sandusky in the showers …. with a young boy pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy.” Calhoun was gravely upset and immediately told his supervisor, Jay Witherite. Another janitor, Ronald Petrosky, had also observed Sandusky walking out of the building that night hand in hand with a young boy.

Why Didn't McQueary Call Police?

Next, it’s March 2002 and a graduate assistant named Mike McQueary entered the locker room one night and heard a “rhythmic slapping sound” coming from the showers.

Back to Grand Jury report: “He saw a naked boy … whose age he estimated to be ten years old, with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky.”

Why Didn't Curley Call Police?

McQueary doesn’t call police. He calls someone he believes is of a higher authority – the exalted Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno reports the incident only to his supervisor, Athletic Director Tim Curley. Curley tells the university’s VP of Finance, Gary Schultz, and the university’s President, Graham Spanier.

Why Didn't Money-man Schultz Call Police?

Not one of these men thought to call police or to try to identify the little boy. Why? Perhaps the 70 million dollars the Penn State football program generates each year had something to do with their silence.

I include the names of all the men who knew about Jerry Sandusky’s alleged activities with young boys because, to me, they are no better than the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church who put blinders on and continuously refused to call in law enforcement lest their precious institution be embarrassed.

They all consciously allowed the corruption of young children to continue.

Why Didn't Graham Spanier Call Police?

The new Grand Jury report outlines sexual attacks by Sandusky on eight different boys. The most disturbing is Victim #4 who was described as being “A fixture in the Sandusky household … (who was) repeatedly subjected to Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse and Indecent Assault at the hands of Sandusky.” Now 27 years old, the former Second Mile kid says he was victimized in 1996, often when he slept in a basement bedroom at the coach’s home.

A Once Proud School Tarnished

Everyone in State College, Pennsylvania knew that Jerry Sandusky had established The Second Mile charity for kids back in 1977 and was actively involved in getting school counselors to refer troubled kids to his program. The Grand Jury reports he would often go to the schools and pull out boys from class for private, unsupervised meetings.

Joe Miller, a wrestling coach testified that in 2006 he found Sandusky in an isolated workout room of the school, on the floor with a young boy in a compromising position. “Miller unexpectedly entered the room and Sandusky jumped up very quickly and explained that they had just been wrestling.”

Attny General Linda Kelly Announced the Indictments

I’m going to predict we will all be astounded at the final number of young men who come forward to say they were victimized. At this writing the number is said to be more than 20 and some may be the many foster children the Sandusky’s housed over the years.

Sandusky is now out on bail, as are Penn State officials Curley and Schultz, the latter two were charged with lying to the Grand Jury about what they knew and when they knew it.

Think Long & Hard Before Pleading "Not Guilty"

Some might say I’ve rushed to judge Sandusky but, may I just say, there has been no rush. Instead, there has been a years long campaign of foot dragging and cover up.

Shame on all those grownups who knew or who suspected what was happening and thought their football program was more important.

If Jerry Sandusky has an ounce of compassion he will repeat what he told that mother back in 1998. He’ll say he’s sorry and ask for forgiveness and spare everyone the torture of a trial.



{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:09 am

Facebook Friend AFBratCat1 writes:

“I read your article today on Sandusky and just wanted to thank you for making the story about him and not Paterno. The main stream media feels that what Paterno didn’t do was worse than what Sandusky did. Paterno’s name has been mentioned about 1000 times more than the name Sandusky and I was starting to believe that Joe was the pedo (except I know better). Of course, it doesn’t surprise me that the media has focused almost solely on Paterno because more people know who he is than Sandusky and it’s prolly better for their ratings. Unbelievable how many rumors are being reported as fact.

It also makes me mad that some in the media have lamented about how the football program at Penn State seems to be more important than the children who have been harmed. Well, guess who has been talking more about the program than the children? Yeah, the main stream media. Fox News had a reporter at the game on Saturday and a student was rude to him and he couldn’t understand why. Well, maybe it’s because the media is so busy smearing Paterno that they are forgetting about the victims. That’s also why the students rioted and overturned a news van the night Paterno was terminated. It’s been a damn witch hunt regarding Paterno and we have NO facts about his involvement. Until the facts show that Paterno was much more involved, they need to concentrate on Sandusky and the monster he is.

I care about all this because I lived less than 30 miles from State College for 30 years- the last 8 years I lived IN State College and worked downtown. I love State College and the students there and always will. This scandal has broken my heart. It’s been poorly handled by just about everyone who had any knowledge of it and it has been poorly handled by the media. What a totally sad situation.

So, thank you very much for putting the attention on where it belongs for now- on Sandusky and the victims.

BTW- when I read the 22-23 pages of the Grand Jury’s findings, it reminded me of Michael Jackson. Both he and Sandusky used the same sort of bait to lure their victims. MJ had his kid friendly Neverland and his celebrity for bait and Sandusky used Penn State and football for his bait. And why do pedos always want to create charities for children? Never mind, we know why.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:10 am

Facbook Friend Carol Garland writes:

“Well said, Diane, but I will not be shocked by how many boys and men finally come forward. Everyone keeps saying that Sandusky started his foundation for good reasons. No one seems to have yet figured out that the only reason a rapist of boys would start a charity for kids is to make his own happy hunting ground. It’s a safe bet that every boy who didn’t have a mother or father who would question Sandusky was at least treated to an attempted molestation.

Any charity for children worth the time of day will have more rules you can shake a stick at about how to spend time with the kids. Just as an example, a decent, real charity would never ever allow anyone other than a doctor or therapist, not even the founder, to be alone with a kid. I used to volunteer at a home for troubled kids. I was not allowed to ever be in a child’s room with the door closed and if I was playing games with a child in her room, I was required to sit in the doorway. I would frequently play games with kids alone in the “family room” but the entire wall connecting to the rest of the house was glass. I was never ever out of sight of others when I was with a kid. If Sandusky’s organization didn’t have rules like this from the very start, its primary purpose was for Sandusky’s pleasure.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:12 am

Twitter Friend Serawyn writes:

“@DiDimond I agree, those boys, now men, shouldn’t have to testify at trial. Sandusky should admit his guilt and go to jail!”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:17 am

Facebook Friend Ronald Jeffries Tallman writes:

“Surprised Sandusky is on bail. In Mpls we had a prominent married attorney disbarred, jailed for 18 yrs and ordered to pay victim 15M. Volunerable young boy. Sandusky could get 300 yrs who knows.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:18 am

Facebook Friend Philip R. Brodsky writes:

“Rat poison is too good for this serial pervert.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:19 am

Facebook Friend Leslie Siegel writes:

“It’s a strange parallel like another Michael Jackson slice, back when we first heard about Jackson’s child abuse. History repeating itself, but it would seem this guy got away with it longer than MJ could have ever dreamed. Sad. Someone get a rope.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:19 am

Facebook Friend Lorrie Sardinia writes:

“Ahhhh, That ship has sailed, in my opinion. Although, he COULD step up and do the right thing now. I pray he will. Fathers and men every where, need to be more honorable.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

Facebook Friend Barbara Silberfeld August-Spitzer writes:

“So well written as usual, Diane, and your so right again.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

Facebook Friend Yvonne Marten Ebstein writes:

“Diane-exactly. You have called it. Let’s see what kind of Man he is.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:22 am

Facebook Friend Diane LaBella Palen writes:

“He is not a man he is predator(if proven)…they dont know the truth.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:23 am

Facebook Friend Susan Alloggio writes:

“Reminds me of “be careful who u love” wont say his name (hate mail) lol and here we go again diane!”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:23 am

Facebook Friend Lori Smiley writes:

“One man does not make Pennsylvania a bad state Diane. I am offended by that comment.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:26 am


First, it wasn’t one man. In my opinion, Jerry Sandusky has spent many years doing unspeakable things to young boys in Pennsylvania. But other “responsible” adults allowed it. Those in his charity, The Second Mile; those in the Penn State Community who saw child rape and never picked up the phone to call police; the DA back in 1998 who failed to file charges and let a jury decide whether Sandusky was guilty – maybe even members of his own family.
It was hardly just “one man” that allowed to to happen all these years. ~ DD


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:27 am

Facebook Friend Bonnie Behrend writes:

“There is already too much evidence – a number of witnesses over many years, a recorded admission, an apology dating back to 1998? Sandusky is not a man he’s a monster. A predator, a pedophile. He wishes he were dead? He may get his wish. But before he does, let’s not have false hopes he can suddenly morph into manhood. He needs to tell prosecutors (who obviously need a witness protection program in that jurisdiction just to do their jobs) all the details. That is, IF he remembers all his victims.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:28 am

Long Time Great Friend Brenda Box writes:



Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:29 am


I thought about that possibility the moment they let him out on bail. I wouldn’t wish that end on anyone but… ~ DD


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

Facebook Friend Patricia Hamilton writes:

“Sandusky has no clue what “honorable” means–not to mention the rest of that crowd at Pervert, sorry I mean Penn State.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

Facebook Friend Freddie Lopez writes:

“Like old days, put him up in the street and stone him!”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:31 am

Facebook Friend Valerie Kuhn writes:

“I want to know how this man got out on bail! He is facing 400 years in prison. That seems like a pretty good motivation to committ suicide!:


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:32 am

Facebook Friend Linda Sawyer writes:

“Forget suicide..this coward will flee!!!”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:32 am

Facebook Friend Cathy C Russon writes:

“No way will he do the right thing. He’s been doing this for decades and more victims then we’ll ever know of. He’s sick, sick, sick.”


CLS November 14, 2011 at 3:10 am

Jerry Sandusky’s actions remind me so much of Michael Jackson’s, in the way he lured and groomed children to sexually abuse. But Michael got away with it, and worse still, with the approval of his diehard fans. Jerry Sandusky is not a celebrity; we can only wait and see what the jury will do, after being presented with the documents and after hearing the court testimonies.

The question is, with people focusing on the impact the scandal will have on potential earnings, for Penn State, how will the victims fare? Having been victimized, myself, I can say from personal experience people don’t take kindly to the news an “outstanding” citizen of their community did something that heinous.


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

DD Web Site Reader Peter Thiele writes:

“You are so right Diane. God Bless You for stating the right thing.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

DD Web site reader Morgan Roebuck writes:

“I doubt that lowlife will do the right thing – ever.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

DD Web Site Reader (and good Friend) Danno writes:

“Diane: You know how I feel about child molesters. But we have to weigh the options:

Option 1: Prolonged agonizing trial costing taxpayers millions and victims untold emotional cost that I know they never get over.

Option 2: .38 cal bullet to the head. $1.98.

I think option 2.

Sandusky needs to make the right decision. I will even spring for the bullet……”


Patti Petow November 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

The more I think about this atrocity, the more angry I become at these horrible, horible, men for covering up despicable acts. There are so many other more creative ways to be greedy. Why this? Why.


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Facebook Friend Barbara Whodat Adams writes:

“Put him in the general population in prison!!!”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Facebook Friend Tracy Petry writes:

“Fantastic article Diane! And let’s not forget about the judge who freed Sandusky had volunteered at Second Mile! How is that judge allowed to preside over his case? I’m tired of hearing about poor Paterno & the football program. Children’s lives have been destroyed. Once again it’s adults protecting adults against children who can’t protect themselves.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Facebook Friend Valerie Kuhn writes:

“This man is a pedophile. He and the judge were buddies and that is why he is out on bail. He is facing at least 400 years in jail. Seems like a pretty good reason to committ suicide to me. He needs to be in the slammer under suicide watch! Just my opinion.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Facebook Friend Carmen Matthews writes:

“” After The mother has two conversations with Sandusky while police listened in. Police confirm Sandusky admitted showering with several young boys and ultimately told the woman, “I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness … I wish I was dead.” The local District Attorney, Ray Gricar, decides there isn’t enough evidence to press charges.” This is insane!”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Facebook Friend Janet Palazzotto writes:

“You nailed it Diane. I shared it on my wall and asked everyone to start action in their own town/city/state and on a federal level to stop the headlines, the abuse and stop letting the kids fall through the cracks. This is all a nightmare. we’ve hit rock bottom and have to turn this around.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Facebook Friend Mardi Ellen writes:

“Sorry, these offenders do NOT change. They are not the suicides of the world, au contraire — offenders with this kind of obsessive cunning, go at it seamlessly, again and again. There will always be human deviance – problem is, this behaviour is now ubiquitous – more tolerated than ever IF the (hidden?!) abuser comes with a power source ( money, status, fame) something a 21st century human running an institution believes he/she must have.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Facebook Friend Ghg Mitte writes:

“Yes, Diane…Alll the institutionalized Cultures of CoverUp and Corruption are coming to light, getting roundly scrutinized, and such requires us doing same within too.”


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Twitter Reader fozzey12 writes:

“@DiDimond Dont let him off that easy,he Does Not Deserve it!! He must pay for his Sins!! He owes it to Everyone !!”


brandy November 14, 2011 at 10:59 pm

This makes me sick to my stomach. He has th face as a pedofile he is so disgusting. Doesnt he know everyone is against him. How could these men walk in on him catch him in a awkward position than ignore this poor child thats getting abuaed, they might as well be charged also. These kids were foster kids, most already troubled and confused. I was a foster kid. But I beat all the odds. And they can too. My prayers are with u all.


Diane Dimond November 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Facebook Friend Donald Deitz writes:

“Sounds like old Sandusky is just a garden variety of pervert, hope the legal system takes him down hard if all the allegations are true.”


Cujo November 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

“Curley tells the university’s VP of Finance, Gary Schultz, and the university’s President, Graham Spanier.”

Wait a second! The VP of Finance? What in the name of the Seven Hells of Klortho(tm) does the VP of Finance have to do with it? Did he just happen to be in the room? If not, this tells me where the priorities were (or weren’t). Maybe it’s just me but this whole thing reeks of a coverup.

I’m also finding it hard to believe he just started abusing boys in 1998.


Diane Dimond November 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I read that quote too and wondered if Mr. Schultz did NOT alert the University police – why was he there? Perhaps because news of an active serial pedophile in the Penn State football locker room might negatively impact the 70 million dollar (per year) football program? Perhaps such news would cause alumni donations to dry up? I think Schultz may have been there more in his capacity as the money man and less as the supervisor of campus police.


Cujo November 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm has the answer about the VP of Finance: “About 10 days later, McQueary met with athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State’s senior vice president for finance and business, who was in charge of the university police department, according to the grand jury.”

So that explains why Mr. Schultz was there. It doesn’t explain why he didn’t call the police as he, of all people, should have known better.


KLGG November 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Pedophiles are really good at looking good. They not only ‘groom’ potential victims, they also groom society to see them as upstanding members of society. That is what the Penn State webbing of silence is all about. Sandusky made sure no one would believe that he would do such a thing. That’s what we are seeing now – his work. I hope we, as a Society, use this situation to educate ourselves and rewrite our education for families about child abuse. Pedophiles are extremely clever and devious. They are the ‘last’ people we would suspect of such things. We need to learn what to look for and who to protect!!


mc November 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm

for all those who said he’ll never do the right thing, you sure were right. he’s denying it all…i really didn’t think this sorry excuse for a man could sink any lower!


JASON December 5, 2011 at 5:15 am

Has our system really degraded so much that these travesties could be allowed for so long? Its just another example of greed and corruption of men and women in power who have failed to act morally. If you want the truth…if found guilty he should have his genitals removed from his body in the most painful unsanitary way. Death to all pedophiles I say!


Vivien NYC December 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

McQueary now says he never saw actual sexual abuse and never said he saw rape or sodomy. His account and the retelling have gotten way out of control and far from what he actually saw. He saw the nudity freaked out and assumed the rest. All these characters including Sandusky are overgrown kids with poor judgement and little brains.


Steve O' October 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm

And, to add just a bit to the horror….
Hershey’s candy fortune was entirely placed into a trust fund for the orphans of central Pennsylvania. The county orphanage has a larger endowment than Princeton – bound with steel legal cords that require the money to be spent only on the poor children.
Milton S. Hershey and his wife were childless. They wanted to give their vast fortune to the care of unwanted children. So they did.
Shockingly, some of the endowment leaked out to be spent on….you guessed it…..this horrible child rape ring.
What a horror!


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