Jim wrote:I'm going to catch flak for this...but he got a lifetime sentence. He can't live in certain places, employees will be informed, and his life will be at the whim of politicians. Plus, he'll become "one of the usual suspects" whenever there's a rape/molestation in his town. Add to that, his neighbors will know also...well he isn't getting off that easy.
See this right here? This is what goes on in the minds of men when they are faced with the choice of speaking up about a crime or keeping silent. The "It'll ruin his life" response. Identifying with the perpetrator and not the victim. IMO. To wander a bit, this is why horrible crimes go unreported in predominately male institutions. Right there, the blue-green algae of limitless abuse.
To wander even more, a recent article about the Sandusky case stated that some six coaches had seen Sandusky havin sexual contact with boys--going back to the 1970s. Six coaches. And I think of Mike McQueary, who actually told Penn State officials what he saw Sandusky doing. And how McQueary was excoriated in his community and in the press, because he did not stop it.
He was labeled a coward on ESPN. If I had been there, all the tough guys told themselves, I would have stopped it. Except they wouldn't have. They didn't. Again and again and again. Only McQueary spoke up. And was abhorred.
I was rather heartened to see Mike Golic, of ESPN fame, lay into the judge and the kid in this case. I recall that he was rather harsh with McQueary--just couldn't identify with him. It's all about identifying, y'know. And the utter lack of ability to identify with "the other." Anyway, Golic's words:
"Does this ... judge understand that a girl was assaulted in this? At all?"
Of course Golic is a Notre Dame man.