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October 17, 2012
0:19 // 2 years ago
July 12, 2012

Three chances Penn State had to stop Jerry Sandusky, but didn’t

  • one Even before the first reports of sexual abuse, Jerry Sandusky was reported as regularly taking showers with young boys in Penn State’s Lasch Building. No coaches intervened, nor did they inform their supervisors of what they witnessed.
  • two In May 1998, a report of a possible sexual assault by Sandusky surfaced. Despite former Penn State VP Gary Schultz expressing concern — “Is this opening of pandora’s box? Other children?” — the investigation was dropped a month later.
  • three The widely-reported 2001 incident when assistant coach Mike McQueary caught Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the shower. “You did what you had to do,” Joe Paterno reportedly told him. “It’s my job now to figure out what we want to do.” source

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10:26 // 2 years ago
November 23, 2011

New allegations against Jerry Sandusky made by family member

  • from bad… Yesterday brought reports that two more allegations of sexual assault had been leveled at former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. The claims are being investigated by the state’s Children and Youth Services, which means the two accusers are under the age of 18.
  • …to worse Subsequent reporting today suggests that one of the two juvenile accusers is, in fact, a member of the Sandusky family. According to Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola (a dubious choice), the claims were brought forward after his client’s arrest. source

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14:50 // 2 years ago
November 15, 2011

Penn State: Number of allegations against Sandusky roughly doubles

  • 10 or so new claims of sexual assault against Jerry Sandusky source

» The floodgates open: One of the macabre ongoing aspects of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse story has been the suspicion that the eight children the authorities believed had been victimized weren’t the only ones. This fear looks to have been warranted, as a source close to the investigation told the New York Times yesterday that about ten more people had come forward to authorities with new allegations. This comes on the heels of Sandusky’s interview last night with Bob Costas, in which he insisted the allegations were untrue and that he’d only showered with children and “horsed around” with them.

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14:38 // 2 years ago
May 23, 2011

Strauss-Kahn case may change France’s lassiez-faire views on sex

  • 1980 the year rape was formally outlawed in France — which is fairly late by historic standards
  • 75k number of rapes per year, according to France’s own government studies
  • 10% share of victims that file complaints each year, according to French women’s groups source

» The catalyst for changing perceptions? French society has long considered sexual matters private, but the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case — taking place in a society with a more stringent view on women’s’ rights — could help change that. While French legislation slowly turns the screws in favor of protecting victims of harassment and sexual abuse, the trial of a very powerful figure could have a lasting cultural effect, according to Claude Katz, a French attorney who focuses on sexual harassment cases. “It will empower victims of sexual abuse in France because if a maid can speak against a powerful man, others will have a stronger voice,” he explains.

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20:13 // 3 years ago
March 22, 2011
I heard in Arabic, ‘shoot them,’ and we all thought it was over.
New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid • Reflecting on his arrest, as well as his three NYT compatriots, at the hands of pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya. The story seems to indicate a reluctance Gaddafi’s people had to actually make good on that remark and shoot the journalists; upon realizing they were Americans, they thankfully scuttled that plan. Lynsey Addario got the worst treatment, having “every inch of [her] body” groped by the pro-Gaddafi soldiers, while photographer Tyler Hicks was threatened with decapitation. So, all in all, a pretty sickening story, and one that we hope people remember when somebody is mocking a journalist on the ground for feeling threatened. These are real dangers, folks. source (viafollow)
14:21 // 3 years ago