CA--L.A. coach – an ex-Penn State staffer – should speak up now, victims say
For immediate release: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Four ex-Penn State coaches, including one now in Los Angeles, have been implicated in newly-released records concerning Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.
We call on these former PSU staffers to publicly address allegations and suggestions that they knew about or suspected child sex crimes by Sandusky but did little or nothing to stop them or report them to police.
According to ESPN, the documents show that “current UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and (others) were among those coaches who were also aware of the abuse.”
The four former Penn State coaches are Bradley (now with UCLA) Greg Schiano (now with Ohio State), Kevin O'Dea (now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Jim Tarman. (A fifth ex-Penn State coach, Joe Sarra, was reportedly told about Sandusky’s crimes but Sarra is deceased.)
It’s important that more of the truth about this scandal be revealed and clarified. The more we know about child sex crimes and cover ups, the better we can prevent them in the future.
The PSU community, Pennsylvania taxpayers and wide public deserve to know more about this mess.
No matter what these men or school officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups at Penn State or the Second Mile to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Testimony in documents allege Joe Paterno knew of child abuse in 1976
By JOSH MOYER via ESPN Jul 12, 2016,
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno and several other Penn State coaches were aware of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976, according to alleged victims' depositions that were unsealed Tuesday.
John Doe 150 said in a 2014 deposition that he informed Paterno the day after a 1976 incident that Sandusky stuck his finger in the 14-year-old boy's rectum while showering. The man said in 2014 that other boys in a shower heard him yell that Sandusky had just touched him sexually.
He said he told several adults about it, then . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.