|"After Jesus loved the little children, did he have to go to jail?"|
Obviously, I'm against boy raping and any cover-up of boy raping. I'm against rape of any kind. I'm not afraid to come out against it publicly.
As The Onion makes clear, it's a pretty simple call when you see something like that happening: Nation's 10-Year-Old Boys: 'If You See Someone Raping Us, Please Call The Police'.
|"under no circumstances is it ever okay for an adult to rape a 10-year-old boy, so you really can't go wrong by calling the police when something like that happens."|
As a result of the scandal, the NCAA levied unprecedented penalties against Penn State. They have to pay $60 million, they can't compete in bowl games for four years, and they've lost a good portion of their football scholarships. (Also, for good measure, a statue of Joe Paterno was removed from the campus. But PSU did that on their own.)
I don't know whether these penalties are too harsh, not harsh enough, or just right. Again: I'm against boy rape and think anyone who had anything to do with it should be punished severely. Whether or not that includes the entire football program is up for debate.
Here's the thing that I found weird. One of the penalties the NCAA enacted against Penn State was that the football team's wins over the past 14 seasons (the period of time the molestation occurred) have been "vacated." That means that 111 wins don't count anymore.
I didn't know you could do that. Just pretend that 111 games never existed? I understand you want to punish the program, but can you retroactively take away things that already happened? If someone is sentenced to the death penalty, can you kill them retroactively? Like, say that they've been dead for the past 15 years? Does that really make it so? If a man is convicted of rape, can you "take away" all the consensual sex he's already had? If a banker is convicted of embezzlement, can you punish him by saying, "Your bank account was zero for the past 13 years. From now on, you were poor then."
Once again, I'd like to reiterate my opposition to rape, molestation, sexual assault, or sexual harassment of any kind.