One of the most shocking things about the Penn State sex abuse scandal when it came to light in 2011, was the fact that the local District Attorney knew about the case back in the 1990s.
The mother of one of the children abused by football coach Jerry Sandusky, reported the crime to DA Ray Gricar in 1998 but he decided not to bring up charges.
The fact that this district attorney decided not to file any charges against Sandusky is very disturbing.
Of course there is not a chance now that the man can now clear up the “why” of him failing to charge Sandusky, and thus prevent years of sexual abuse by other young boys.
I’ve also been following another case in which a Saudi princess, wife of a high ranking member of the royal family, who was living in the US was charged with holding a woman from Kenya prisoner as a domestic slave. There were also four other women in the home who also wanted “out” of that house. Even though the princess had to post five million dollars bail and wear a GPS, the charges were recently not prosecuted. All the women were placed in shelters and the DA indicated that the Kenyan woman was trying to obtain a visa and that she “didn’t lie” but there was just a “misunderstanding.”
When prominent and powerful people are accused of crimes and then seem to ‘get off” lightly or not be prosecuted at all, it raises many questions in the minds of the public.
Just as Penn State knew about Sandusky and the district attorney for the area knew nothing was done. On a more personal note, since I knew Charles “Jackie” Walls III when I lived in Lonoke Arkansas, the sheriff in Lonoke County knew about the accusations against serial child rapist Charles “Jackie” Walls III, years before he was finally found guilty after one of his young victims killed his parents and sister at Jackie’s demand, because of the prominent position that these individuals held the law failed to protect the innocent victims, which lead to more innocent victims. I knew Jackie Walls and his family, and his family were upstanding and good people, but their position allowed Jackie to walk because the sheriff didn’t think there was any truth in the accusations against this “upstanding” man from an “upstanding” family and didn’t even investigate the allegations.
The cover ups done by many institutions of offenders in their ranks , for example, the Catholic Church which covered up pedophiles for decades (or longer), are only the tip of the ice berg…many families give fake alibis for their members to prevent them from coming to justice for crimes they have committed, and assist the offenders in other ways to continue to operate. Part of the problem at least years ago was that sexual abuse of children by “upstanding” members of the organizations was not seen as it is now, and “keep the secrets” was the order of the day. My son works for Boy Scouts and there is proof that in the past they quietly expelled people like Jackie Walls who were thought to be abusing scouts, but they didn’t prosecute these men by turning them into the law. Or if they were turned in the law failed to take the problem seriously, and hushed it up. Times are changing now, and just this past summer my son observed a staff member trying to take pictures of the girls in the shower at camp, and the situation was taken VERY seriously. Another scout was found to have serious bruises from home, and his elderly scout master had known about the physical abuse of this child for some time, but had not turned it into the law, but the problem was reported by the camp administration and the scout leader was given instructions on how to properly handle these types of issues.
I think it is up to us to put pressure on those organizations to which we belong to stand up and speak out regarding offenders in their midst, the shame is not on the organization, but on the offender, and by expelling such a person, the “stand up” group or individual can help prevent others being victimized. Sometimes even the law won’t listen, but we can’t give up, we must use every tool in our kit to bring down people who harm others and do everything we can to demand to be heard.