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Ex Penn State President Ok’d Not Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

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How does Graham Spanier, the ex-President of Penn State, one of America’s leading universities, come to a seemingly unforced and conscious decision to NOT report the allegations of child rape and sexual assault by one of his own coaches? When did that become an OK decision for anyone to make, yet alone the President of one our universities? Now ask yourself how many others are making that same decision right now, because with out doubt and make no mistake, there are indeed others concerned with protecting the abuser than the child they are raping.

CDC estimates a quarter of  our children, one out of every four, are sexually abused by the age of 18. And because the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse allows a victim only 5 years after turning 18, they are no longer allowed any legal means to seek justice against their abuser.  This means the young boy who instigated and sparked the entire scandal, is too old and too late to bring any charges and Jerry Sandusky. It also means other young boys became young victims, because people chose to ignore the evidence and to protect an institutions and individual reputations over that of a child being raped.

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Ex-Penn State president reportedly OK’d not reporting sex abuse allegations


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –  Emails show Penn State University’s former president agreed not to take allegations of sex abuse against ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to authorities but worried university officials would be “vulnerable” for failing to report it, a news organization has reported.

In this photo combo, at left, in an Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, Penn State president Graham Spanier walks on the field before an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. At right, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in custody after being found guilty of multiple charges of child sexual abuse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday, June 22, 2012. CNN says it has seen emails showing Spanier agreed not to take allegations of sex abuse against Sandusky to authorities but worried they’d be “vulnerable” for failing to report it. CNN says the emails followed a graduate assistant’s 2001 report of seeing Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a shower. (AP)
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The emails from Graham Spanier followed a graduate assistant’s 2001 report that he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the team locker room shower, CNN reported. The existence of the emails was first reported earlier this month by NBC.

The emails show athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz intended to report the allegation, then reconsidered. Spanier responded that he was “supportive” of their plan, but he worried they might “become vulnerable for not having reported it.”

Sandusky was convicted this month of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys. The scandal led to the ouster of Spanier and revered head football coach Joe Paterno and charges against Curley and Schultz, who are accused of perjury for their grand jury testimony and failing to properly report suspected child abuse. Spanier hasn’t been charged.

The timing of their change in plans — coming after Curley’s discussion with Paterno — raises questions about whether the coach was more involved than he said in the decision.

The CNN report cites an email from Schultz to Curley on Feb. 26, 2001, 16 days after graduate assistant Mike McQueary told Paterno about the shower assault. Schultz suggests bringing the allegation to the attention of Sandusky, Sandusky’s charity and the Department of Welfare, which investigates suspected child abuse, according to the report.

But the next night, Curley sent an email to Spanier, saying that after thinking about it more and talking to Paterno, he was “uncomfortable” with that plan and wanted to work with Sandusky before contacting authorities, the report said.

If Sandusky is cooperative, Curley’s email said, “we would work with him. …. If not, we do not have a choice and will inform the two groups,” according to the report.

Spanier wrote back and agreed with that approach, calling it a “humane and a reasonable way to proceed,” according to the report. But he also worried about the consequences.

“The only downside for us is if message isn’t `heard’ and acted upon and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it, but that can be assessed down the road,” the email said, according to CNN.

Spanier’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Saturday.

The timing of their change in plans — coming after Curley’s discussion with Paterno — raises questions about whether the coach was more involved than he said in the decision.

Wick Sollers, the lawyer for the Paterno family, said in a statement Saturday that it would be inappropriate for the family to comment on the contents of the emails because the family didn’t possess them.

“To be clear, the emails in question did not originate with Joe Paterno or go to him as he never personally utilized email,” Sollers said.

Schultz and Curley’s lawyers on Saturday echoed recent comments by Gov. Tom Corbett about the need for a solid case before charging Sandusky. Corbett began the investigation in 2009 when he was attorney general.

“For Curley, Schultz, Spanier and Paterno, the responsible and `humane’ thing to do was, like Governor Corbett, to carefully and responsibly assess the best way to handle vague, but troubling allegations,” the lawyers said. “Faced with tough situations, good people try to do their best to make the right decisions.”

Paterno, ousted by the school’s board of trustees for what was called his “failure of leadership” surrounding allegations against Sandusky, died of lung cancer in January. After Sandusky’s arrest, Paterno said through a spokesman that he reported the allegation to the head of his department and “that was the last time the matter was brought to my attention until this investigation and I assumed that the men I referred it to handled the matter appropriately.”
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