Giving a voice to one of the biggest sex scandals in college sports history, the moms of two alleged victims of Penn State University’s former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky have spoken out about their sons’ ordeals.
“I’m very proud of him,” the mother of one of the boys – referred to as Victim One by authorities – told The Patriot-News of her son. “He’s a brave kid. And his major concern in the whole thing was for anybody else. That was his big thing. He said, ‘I just don’t want this to happen to anybody else.’ ”
According to authorities, the alleged abuse happened to eight boys. Sandusky has been indicted on 40 counts, including inappropriate touching and statutory rape. He stands accused of targeting the boys over 15 years, both before and after his retirement in 1999.
Additionally, former athletic director Timothy Curley and former Vice President of Business and Finance Gary Schultz resigned from the university Sunday night. They were arraigned Monday on perjury charges for claiming they did not know about the alleged sex abuse.
The Alleged Abuse: What Happened
The mother of Victim One said her son first met Sandusky through his children’s charity the Second Mile. Her son was attracted to the perks of being around a popular figure in college sports – as well as the gifts and trips that came with it, the mom told the newspaper, which is not identifying the boys or their mothers.
Victim One was 15 when, prodded by his mother who saw he had begun “acting out,” told school officials that he had been sexually assaulted by Sandusky. He said the abuse lasted four years.
Another boy’s mother is also sharing her family’s story. Victim Six, now 24, alleged in 1998 that Sandusky touched him during a shower together at Penn State, but no charges were brought after her son reported the alleged incident. He cried when he read the grand jury presentment, says his mom.
“I’m so upset,” she said. “My son is extremely distraught, and now to see how we were betrayed, words cannot tell you.” She added, “He had no idea how bad it was. He was lucky. He only had that one contact with him.”
Victim One’s mom says one of the worst things about the ordeal is the knowledge that Curley and Schultz have been accused of knowing about, and ignoring, another incident of sexual abuse by Sandusky in 2002.
“I’m infuriated that people would not report something like that,” she said. “I still can’t believe it. I’m appalled. I’m shocked. I’m stunned. There’s so many words. I’m very mad. They could have prevented this from happening.”