With Thursday’s release of the Freeh Report on the Penn State child rape scandal there is closure for a number of people.
Latest national data on sexual abuse of children shows that 1-in-4 girls and 1-in-10 boys report abuse.
First and most importantly, every one of the victims must get into counseling to work through their issues. Many already have, but they all need it.
This case is finally with the jury. Unfortunately, no matter the verdict, the atrocities that Jerry Sandusky committed will never go away.
I’ve sat through dozens of trials of child sexual abusers, child murderers and child batterers. There are no two alike.
When we do forensic interviews of child sexual abuse victims, it is occasionally necessary to tell the child that other people have come forward, other people have already told what happened.
Time for Joe Amendola to defend the indefensible. He had a bad day in opening arguments and his cross examination of the first witness. If anything, Monday might have been worse.
Thursday marked the end of the prosecutions case, although they did not formally rest. It was a day of intense and unsettling testimony. It had many people who are following this case wondering how to just make all of this stop.
Media pundits were wondering why the prosecution isn’t calling a psychiatrist specializing in pedophiles to explain Sandusky’s behavior. Some people in social media were wondering why the victims didn’t come forward sooner.
Amendola opened with typical defense attorney tactics. In this case, they were complete nonsense.