Open letter to (some of the) Penn State U. Student Body

Dear Pennsylvania State University Student Body:
I am concerned by the seemingly total lack of compassion you have demonstrated for children; more to the point, to the alleged victims of Coach Sandusky’s pedophiliac abuse. I get that Coach Joe Paterno is was a beloved “fixture” at your university. I get that he was not personally responsible for these horrific acts. I get that you might even be reacting out of a need to get your mind around what has happened.

However, when I see images of large groups of you almost rioting in response to Coach Paterno’s firing, I shake my head because I figure you’ve forgotten that he was a large part of the Penn State U. “machine” that covered up (or, in spin speak “handled internally”) the offenses. When I see images of you hugging Coach Paterno’s statue, located on your campus, it makes me cringe. This man, though again not personally responsible for the abuses, made it possible via inaction, Coach Sandusky’s continuing pedophilia.

What if it were you? What if it were your little brothers/sisters? Do these children not deserve justice? Do these children not deserve your compassion? I realize that it is not the entire Penn State U. student body that is responsible for these misguided acts of support for Coach Paterno. However, this letter is also directed at those who either stand by and say/do nothing to educate those who are participating in the protests; as well as those who are taking the time to courageously educate and speak out against the protests. Speak out and educate louder, to drown those participating! The media, as is their SOP are only focusing on the noisiest of you. Be noisier!

Children who have been sexually abused carry the wounds of these abuses with them for life. Gone are their childhoods, which will possibly make them “handicapped” parents when they have children of their own. Gone is their innocence. Gone is their ability to live in a world of wonder, as they are thrust into the world as we as adults, know it: harsh, unfair and violent. According to FBI statistics almost all serial killers have some form of abuse in their childhoods. Some could have been sexually abused, some physically, others still grew up with at least one alcoholic parent. etc. Some have had a mixture of several different kinds of abuse. This is not to say these eight children will end up as future Bundys or Gacys, but the potential for at least one of them to end up this way is probable, not simply possible.

Penn State alums, in support of these victims have, via RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), set up a donor site ( raise money for Coach Sandusky’s alleged victims, to counteract the protesting being done by Penn State U. in support of Coach Paterno and to restore pride in Penn State.

Thanks to all that is good and compassionate that through the alums and those still attending, the pride of Penn State U. will no remain lessened or tarnished via the actions of Coach Sandusky and the inaction of the Penn State U. ruling body.

Remember the real victims are the children, not the Penn State U. football coaching staff, nor the administration. These victimized children deserve your support and, if justice is lacking or slow in coming, your protests.


About adauphin04

Humanist, feminist, writer, filmmaker. Ford is an alumni of Bloomfield College, where she majored in Media Studies/Communications and minored in English Literature. While attending Bloomfield College, as a single parent she worked full-time, was on the High Honors list, and a member of the National Honors Society. As a graduate, Ford was listed in the Who’s Who of College Students in America. She has been working at Westminster Arts Center for eight years, is an avid reader and film-goer, writes novels, graphic novels, screenplays and poetry. She is currently working on a feminist docu-drama entitled, "You're Not the Boss of Me!" She is also currently in pre-production with her first feature film "Being Free". Ford lives with her son, Jason, and their pets: Boo (a cat) and Akasha (a ball python). Ford and family are beginning a new chapter in their lives and relocating to Colorado in October 2016.
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One Response to Open letter to (some of the) Penn State U. Student Body

  1. Nicely expressed, Traci. In all the visceral reaction to Paterno’s dismissal, it is too east to forget the real victims–the children who apparently had their youth–their innocence–stolen by a man who had courted their trust. Thanks for reminding your readers where their priorities rightly belong.


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