Matthew Sandusky's book, Undaunted, refutes media narratives about coaches and PSU officials turning a blind eye to Sandusky's victimization children
In the wake of a ruling in the PSU v. PMA case, a May 6, 2016 report by NBC implied that six Penn State football coaches witnessed Jerry Sandusky abusing children.
The report lacked any corroboration and was quickly dealt a death blow by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General who stated the allegations were unreliable and based on hearsay.
More interesting, however, is that a book written by one of the victims also refutes the NBC report.
Matthew Sandusky, in his book Undaunted explains how his adoptive father, Jerry, was able to utilize deception to convince onlookers that he was engaged in playful/harmless activities with his victims.
On page 10, Matthew wrote:
“I know from my own experiences with Jerry that Penn State locker rooms had a coded security system where you had to punch in numbers before entering, and there was plenty of warning time to hide what you were doing before anyone came in….He had plenty of time…to assume more innocent postures with his victims when anyone entered the locker room. At one point, he even asked an adult who entered to count for a pin hold for him on me, and the adult complied, seeing it all as innocent, or at least not suspecting enough to report anything.”
The NBC report also contained a reference to Matthew in which he claimed that investigators informed him that a coach witnessed a sex act between he and his adopted father in the PSU locker room in the early 1990s.
Considerable evidence in the Sandusky scandal indicates that civil attorneys, and prosecutors unduly influenced the testimony of witnesses.
|Fina switched the crime scene of the Victim 8 incident when he realized the physical properties of the locker room undermined his witness' testimony|
It is certainly not a stretch to believe that OAG investigators may have fabricated the story in an attempt to use Matthew as part of their quest to convict PSU officials in the court of public opinion.
However, Undaunted strikes a serious blow to the false narrative of the football culture being to blame for enabling Jerry's crimes.
On page 11, it states:
"Nor do I believe that "the culture of football" was to blame. I believe it was Jerry Sandusky's grooming of...the community into believing he was a saint who was incapable of doing anything harmful to children that caused all of the blindness. If we lay the responsibility on football and the desire to protect that program, then we take the focus away from the reality that sexual predators do not stand out to the people around them. Offenders, in fact sometimes seem like godsends, like heroes."
And on page 12:
"I believe that the biggest scandal in college football history had little to do with college football or the people involved in it. It had to do with Jerry Sandusky and the nature of "nice guy" sexual offenders. In this, Jerry was a textbook case, but he was a textbook case in a course very few people have taken or understand."
Unlike most of the other individuals who received settlements from PSU, Matthew's opinion about the University's culpability appears to be far more educated and fair.
On pages 14 and 15, he wrote:
"In theory, the possibility exists that someone in the administration suspected Jerry but was unconvinced that he was molesting boys so he did nothing about it. But unless that person gets his day in court, I believe it is wise to give him the presumption of innocence. Everyone knows from the example of the Catholic Church priest-child sex scandal that they did in fact vote to protect the reputation of the church over the safety of the child victims. There is always a chance of that happening in any organization. Yet I am not aware of any proof of it in this case."
The Real Conspiracy of Silence
Throughout the Sandusky scandal, former PA OAG officials, Louis Freeh, select members of the PSU Board of Trustees and Administration, and the entirety of the media feigned concern about the welfare of the victims and all for the purpose of convicting Joe Paterno and PSU officials in the court of public opinion.
When PSU finally defended itself against some of the preposterous allegations made by claimants, various members of the libelous media herd criticized the University as being in denial and that it had't learned anything from the scandal.
The fact of the matter was that President Barron was right -- and that you had to be living under a rock during the Sandusky trial to not realize the some of the allegations, especially from the 1971 claimant, were false.
And now that a Sandusky victim has come forward challenging the false narrative of PSU officials turning a blind eye to child abuse, where is the national media coverage?
Are they supporting THAT victim's story?
No. They're nowhere to be found.
The national media has chosen to ignore Matthew Sandusky's story -- even though he is one of the few individuals who received a settlement and used it to start a foundation to educate the public about child abuse and to assist victims.
The media is again choosing to preserve the false narrative and sensationalism over writing a story that could actually help prevent child sexual abuse.
Calling the media hypocrites is accurate.
Calling the media callous is even more appropriate.
A "conspiracy of silence" in the Sandusky scandal remains and it doesn't involve the three PSU officials charged with crimes.