From One Survivor to Another

January 23, 2012

[tw: child sexual abuse, rape, rape culture] On Joe Paterno

So I thought about this, and…

if you even consider it in a quantitative sense, Joe Paterno is only one person.

Jerry Sandusky hurt tons of people. There is probably no way of ever telling. In the grand jury report (which you should avoid if you are a survivor, it’s absolutely horrendous and triggering), there are 8 victims. Eight individual stories of people and the worst days of their lives— the memories and feelings of which will last until they die. An estimate of 40 victims has been thrown around. Remember that Paterno knew about Sandusky’s shit for 12 years.

So think about this.

Joe Paterno is one person. Let’s go with a conservative estimate for all of the people Sandusky hurt before Paterno found out, so maybe 20 people after.

1 person to 20 people.

This is not hard. If you view Paterno as some sort of hero, then it means those 20 people, in some sense, don’t matter as much. It means you see people (note: CHILDREN) who have been sexually abused or raped as inherently less valuable.

As in, even 20 survivors don’t equal up to the mighty gloriousness of 1 dude who wins football games and awards for your favorite team.

I guess us survivors are only worth fractions of actual people.

How many of us would it take for to match up to him? 30? 40? 100? 1000? At what point do you stop caring about football or your idols and start caring about actual people, start seeing rape and sexual abuse (and allowing said rape and sexual abuse to happen) as unforgivable, long-lasting crimes against humanity as a whole?

Or does your definition of “humanity” only apply when it’s convenient to yourself?

Think about it.

  1. iturnedintoatree reblogged this from fromonesurvivortoanother
  2. wolfgods reblogged this from cleetoris and added:
    A. He fucking walked in on the rape. He saw it. He did NOTHING. i was wrong about this, but whatevs. B. He waited until...
  3. cleetoris reblogged this from unnoticed-and-necessary and added:
    I think everyone needs to shut the fuck up. A. Paterno reported what someone had told him. B. He did as was required of...
  4. glutenfreehoochie reblogged this from dynastylnoire
  5. unnoticed-and-necessary reblogged this from wolfgods
  6. airasilver reblogged this from fromonesurvivortoanother and added:
    I don’t know what to say to get you to think but please read this and then come back and say what you have said....
  7. dynastylnoire reblogged this from fromonesurvivortoanother and added:
    Indeed. Those kids could have been set free by him saying something. An anonymous call to the authorities, something....
  8. fromonesurvivortoanother reblogged this from dynastylnoire and added:
    Yeah, if someone sees a child being abused or molested or raped and does nothing about it even one time, I have to...
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  12. ohhhlori reblogged this from fromonesurvivortoanother and added:
    I don’t know what kind of person could go TWELVE YEARS knowing something like that was going on and not say a thing…
  13. ihavenoreasontorun reblogged this from ladybuglights
  14. gifte reblogged this from fromonesurvivortoanother and added:
    Tis a terrible habit I really need to break.
  15. sheepbones said: The problem is sometimes people view us as damaged and unrepairble. And also masculinity( foot ball) is valued more than survivors. It always harderto deal with survivors than dead victims. They expect us to bequite.
  16. kindofdistracting reblogged this from ladybuglights