"JoeBots" "Paternopoligists" "Kool-Aid Kultists" "Paterno People"
"Child Rape Enablers"
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
For over two years, Penn Staters have made one simple demand: Find the full truth in the Sandusky scandal. The Freeh Report had a chance to do so, but it failed…it failed miserably.
The Freeh Report was an utter debacle in nearly all ways: not just its unfounded, distorted conclusions about Penn State's culture, its values and the four principals in question, but in the way it was delivered via a grandstanding press conference beamed nationwide from a ballroom in Philadelphia.
Its methodology and conclusions have been discredited - by the facts, by reports from leading experts in their fields and MOST SUPRISINGLY by prosecution witnesses in subsequent legal proceedings.
To those of us watching closely from the beginning, it seems this false narrative was the very outcome the Executive Committee sought, and it enabled the NCAA to impose unprecedented sanctions. To this day, Mark Emmert struggles under the misperception that Freeh had subpoena power.
You promised transparency, yet you are spending tens of thousands of dollars attempting to keep emails generated by the Frazier Task Force from the public domain, hiding behind attorney/client privilege.
Someone waived that privilege to enable former General Counsel Baldwin to testify before the Grand Jury, who has that power and did the Board vote on it?
It is in Mr. Freeh's contract to appear before the University to discuss his findings. In addition, Jim Clemente and Dick Thornburgh are at the ready to answer any questions the Board & the Community might have.
The truth should scare no one, yet barriers are continually raised, denying a community of people unfairly smeared by Freeh's unsupported conclusions the answers to which they are entitled.
The Freeh report also missed a critical opportunity to educate the public on the identification of child sexual victimization, and instead used the platform created by this scandal to sensationalize the blaming of Joe Paterno. This was a terrible disservice not only to Penn Staters, but also to all parents, grandparents and children in our state.
The Third Annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being is scheduled this May at the Nittany Lion Inn; it is sponsored by Penn State's Network on Child Protection and Well Being.
As The Network's mission is to educate on child maltreatment through teaching, research, and service, this May conference would be a phenomenal venue to incorporate a Community Panel Discussion with Drs. Frasier & Noll, Messrs. Freeh & Clemente & Gov. Thornburgh.
Trustee Frazier tells me there "are no do-overs in life". However, there are public apologies, retractions and setting the record straight.
I am confident that I speak for tens of thousands of Penn Staters to demand that the Board marginalize the Freeh Report, publicly refute its key findings about Penn State's values and culture, and apologize to the Paterno Family, the Lettermen and the University Community at large.
Lastly, the Media has probably been the most vocal about shouting these buzzwords of "culture" "secrecy" "actively conspire to conceal" and yet, when it comes to investigating, researching or asking the questions of The Second Mile, Children & Youth Services and our State agencies?
We get silence from you.
These are licensed entities, staffed with trained professionals that accepted and approved, embraced and encouraged, lauded and applauded a Preferential Child Sexual Offender……and they did so for decades.
Stop sweeping this under the rug. Stop turning a blind eye. Stop your silence.
Enough is enough