6:10 PM, December 13th, 2011
4:08 PM, December 5th, 2011

In the aftermath of sex-abuse scandals at Penn State — and now Syracuse — one of the most perplexing questions has been about the women who shared the beds of the accused. How on earth could they not have known?

…researchers say that cluelessness is typical: pedophiles’ wives are usually in the dark. What seems to fool the women over and over, says University of Arizona psychologist Judith Becker, is that the abusers are usually charismatic and popular—not creepy loners like the one who lives with his mom in the movie Little Children.

10:25 AM, November 16th, 2011
The Associated Press reported last night that it had obtained an email sent by McQueary to a friend in which, contradicting the grand-jury account, he said he did stop what he saw and did report the matter to the police. That means McQueary now has a credibility issue; defense attorneys make their living off credibility issues.

(Source: thedailybeast.com)

5:05 PM, November 11th, 2011
Well, unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to put out the fire, but we can do a nice job of containing the fire so that it’s not igniting so quickly and so fully that it burns down the entire forest.
Michael Davison, a professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and the head of a community-based sex-offender program on the effects of chemical castration as a form of treatment for sex offenders.
2:31 PM, November 10th, 2011
We need to stop the daintiness and describe the alleged offenses for what they truly are in the vernacular to somehow try to capture the monstrousness. Not anal intercourse or oral sex, which sounds clinical, but butt-f—-ing and blow jobs and cock-grabbing and pants-groping and other assorted acts that the 67-year-old Sandusky allegedly inflicted on eight minor victims over a 15-year span, according to the 23-page grand-jury report, and resulted in 40 counts of serial sex abuse of minors.
That’s Buzz Bissinger on the Penn State sex scandal. (via newsweek)
Reblogged from Newsweek
6:01 PM, November 8th, 2011
Sometimes we were guilty of regarding him as more deity than man, as if he presided over us in mythological stand-up form. He was as much our own conscience as he was a football coach, and we made that pact and imbued him with that sort of power because we believed he would wield it more responsibly than any of us ever could. Maybe that was naïve, but we came of age in a place known as Happy Valley and naïveté was part of the package, and now that word isn’t in our dictionaries anymore.

Growing Up Penn State, by Michael Weinreb

11:01 AM, November 8th, 2011
Great moral men take care of these things. But he didn’t. This kind of thing could have happened at any university. But it could have happened the exact way it did only at Penn State, where everyone, from that cowed janitor to the president, takes his cues from Coach.
Michael Tomasky on Joe Paterno’s moral failure.
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