Letters: Letters: Sandusky sentencing, cop video and more

Posted: October 11, 2012

ON TUESDAY, Judge John Cleland sentenced Jerry Sandusky to a prison term of 30-60 years, and declared him a sexually violent predator. Anything less would have been unconscionable to his victims, who endured sexual assault at his hands, years of silent suffering and the agony of telling their stories to a packed courtroom and the entire nation last June.

Joe Amendola, defense attorney for Sandusky, has stated repeatedly that Sandusky plans to appeal and hopes for a new trial. One of the stated reasons is that Amendola claims he did not have enough time to prepare for the trial, the same reason that was used and rejected by all levels of the Pennsylvania courts in his failed attempts to delay the trial in June.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape understands that Sandusky possesses a legal right to appeal the decision. But we also understand the adverse effect the appeals process often has on child sexual-abuse victims. They have already suffered through a traumatic childhood, a high-profile trial and sometimes harsh public opinion. An appeal would re-victimize these young men and send the message that they are still not fully believed.

The intense public interest in this case has brought attention to child sexual abuse and the importance of adult involvement in prevention. We have learned that Sandusky's suspicious behavior raised red flags among bystanders who chose to ignore their own sixth sense that there was a problem. As a result, we have started discussions, programs and task forces to help each other learn to prevent sexual abuse.

PCAR urges community members to believe your child, friends and loved ones when they speak of abuse. Trust your gut, and if you believe an adult may be harming a child, report your suspicion to trained investigators, such as Pennsylvania's ChildLine.

Unfortunately, this case is not unique. Children are being assaulted throughout the country by adults who employ the same tactics used by Sandusky to trick those around them into believing they are trustworthy.

We hope that the national outcry to this case empowers others to come forward and pursue their own paths to healing and justice.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is the oldest state anti-sexual violence coalition in the U.S. The organization represents 50 sexual-assault centers that serve the state's 67 counties. Each year these centers provide confidential services, at no charge, to more than 30,000 men, women and children affected by sexual abuse, and provide prevention education to communities.

Delilah Rumburg

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was rightfully sentenced to at least 30 years behind bars. Not only is Sandusky a monster, he's a sick man as well who is apparently in denial. Only a sick and twisted mind would have sexually abused young boys - especially his own adopted son. If only Sandusky would have admitted guilt, instead of clinging to his innocence, he could have at least humanized himself. Perhaps he too has a story of being sexually abused in his youth. Not only did Sandusky ruin the lives of many boys, who still struggle as adults, but he's ruined his own life and the lives of his family members as well and will now spend the rest of his life behind bars. For all involved, it's just plain sad.

JoAnn Lee Frank

Clearwater, Fla.

Sandusky is truly the King of the Pedophiles. I was hoping for 100 years. He will never get out and his attorney should realize that any appeal that he files will go into the judicial trash can. I also hope he doesn't live long enough to watch any Penn State football games. Being housed in the general population with robbers and murderers, those prisoners do not like child molesters. What a terrible legacy for his grandchildren: Pop-Pop was a pedophile.

Cheryl Gilbert

Oaklyn, N.J.

Waiting for cop's arrest

This month, we have seen video of a police lieutenant allegedly assaulting a private citizen. That police lieutenant was fired by the police commissioner ( Daily News, Oct. 2, 4).

We have also seen a video of a citizen allegedly in a brawl with police who was arrested immediately ( Daily News, Oct. 8).

Why hasn't the lieutenant been arrested yet when that incident occurred first?

If D.A. Seth Williams can't charge and win a prosecution of an assault charge on that lieutenant, he should resign now.

Mayer Krain

Philadelphia

The behavior and attitude of Philly cops is perfectly showcased in the Lt. Josey video. What happens when good cops see a fellow officer do wrong? They turn their backs in ignorance.

The FOP president speaks of Philly cops as an occupying army; they are not. They are part of us. This "us-against-them" mentality creates animosity, distrust and disrespect for all parties involved, and makes a difficult job even more dangerous.

Curtis Garner

Philadelphia

Truancy does count

Re: "Does truancy count?" (letter, Oct. 9).

Sure it does. Most of the kids who go to a charter school want to be there, so there is not as big a problem as there are in your schools. Most of the charter schools that I know of, it is really hard to enroll. I think that the charter schools have "zero-tolorence" policies. That is why they are desirable. They get rid of unruly students, whereas neighborhood schools don't have the authority to do so.

Bobby LaVelle

Philadelphia

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