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According to a collection of court documents unsealed Tuesday, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was told that former assistant coach and now-convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky was abusing young boys as early as 1976.

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The Washington Post reports an unnamed victim who claims Sandusky molested him “while attending a football camp at Penn State at age 14" testified in 2014 “that he specifically told Paterno” about the assault, and that he was ignored.

They write:

“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?’” the man’s lawyer asked him in 2014.

“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”

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After that encounter, the man claims Paterno “just walked away.”

In a statement, the Paternos said the newly released documents do nothing but highlight “the total mishandling” of the investigation. “The overwhelming evidence confirms that Joe Paterno never engaged in a cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes,” they wrote.


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DISCUSSION

I have no problem saying this, but it still hurts. I was sexually abused when I was the same age as these boys, and I understand the world of hell they have gone through. I told no one. I questioned my manhood, I blamed myself, the psychological and spiritual destruction continue to this day. Later in life I did tell someone and told I was a liar. This someone was my mother. If there is a hell Joe Paterno is burning in agony for eternity. There is no greater crime than the rape and sexual abuse of a child. The repercussions ripple out for decades, the self hate, the broken relationships, the loss of trust in people, the drug and alcohol abuse, the self sabotage. We need to be open about this. We need to stand together and destroy the silence. We need to never shut up, and we need to believe eachother. The only way.