HLNtv’s Jane Valez-Mitchell took a firm stance on the issue of Penn State University’s responsibility toward the children who were hurt by football coach and child-predator monster Jerry Sandusky. On HLNtv.com today, Valez-Mitchell explains:
The time has come to vigorously prosecute the officials who ruled this legendary institution when these allegations surfaced and who are charged with failing to tell cops about suspected child sex abuse. As we know now, had someone in power simply dialed 911 the boys — who were sexually assaulted by Sandusky after the initial allegation — could have been spared.
It was a over decade ago that a shaken coaching staffer Mike McQueary told his boss, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, that he saw Sandusky and a pre-pubescent boy in the Penn State locker room doing something that looked extremely sexual. Paterno did not call 911.
There were so many people who dropped the ball in this case. And the consequence of failing in their responsibilities wasn’t lost profits or someone’s hurt feelings. The cost was the innocent lives of children, who were forever changed due to being raped by a man whose career and reputation were more important than the safety of children.
Valez-Mitchell makes the case for a hearty punitive financial settlement:
In our culture we punish through prison and payment. You can’t put an institution behind bars. But, you can make it pay through the nose.
The people who run America’s most powerful institutions — be they educational, religious or corporate — must get the message, once and for all, that they cannot put the inanimate thing that pays their salary above the welfare of beings that can feel pain.
While money cannot repair the damage done by a sexual predator, it may offer some relief and the opportunity for the survivors to get the therapy and help they may need. Also, if the lawsuit is awarded in amounts significant enough to make the university truly, truly hurt, it is a message to institutions that they have a financial incentive to protect children… Since obviously the children themselves were not motivation enough to do the right thing.
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