Speak No Evil? How Silence Cultivated the Penn State Sex Scandal

Dr. Leah Hollis
Jerry Sandusky Joe Paterno Penn State
Jerry Sandusky Joe Paterno Penn State

First and foremost, after reading the Penn State Grand Jury report, my heart just weeps for the boys who lost their innocence at the hands of a perceived icon. I was once a blooming student athlete in my teens, in awe of university coaches, and staff. My classmates and I scrambled to attend youth sports camps at various universities in Pennsylvania; and our parents trusted these paragons of higher learning. As a volleyball stand out from western Pennsylvania, I loved both Pitt and Penn State, and fully understand how a young person can be mesmerized inappropriately by these lofty sports figures. My empathy extends to the families affected, and the lives forever changed.