The family of Jerry Sandusky released a statement yesterday in response to the gut-wrenching interview Sandusky’s adopted son Matthew gave to Oprah Winfrey earlier this week. In the statement the family denies all of Matthew’s accusations, a move that must be heartbreaking for not only Matthew, but all of Sandusky’s victims. At this point there is almost no doubt that Jerry Sandusky is a pedophile, a predator and a monster. He’s a convicted child rapist, and I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Matthew was telling the truth. The Sanduskys, and especially the mother Dottie, is either in deep denial about what this piece of human filth did, or they are, in fact, monsters themselves. I am hoping for the former, but I suspect that the latter is true. Dottie Sandusky, especially, should be ashamed of herself.
According to the Matthew Sandusky Oprah interview, his father subjected him to the most horrifying types of sexual child abuse you can imagine starting at age eight all the way to age 15. As a survivor of sexual abuse and a rape survivor myself, the interview is difficult to watch, but I like to think it gave Matthew at least some sense of closure. I know speaking out about my experiences has helped me greatly.
In response to Matthew’s accusations, the Sandusky clan, including Jerry’s wife Dottie and the couples five additional adopted children, released the following statement through their attorney Al Lindsay:
“Our family is supportive of our father/husband and hope that truth and justice will prevail as we know untruths have been spoken, at the trial and since then on TV. We are not in denial. The story we share is true and honest and what we lived. We saw no abuse ever take place and never saw or heard of any indication that anything inappropriate was ever occurring.”
The fact that this family specifically says they “are not in denial” sickens me. This isn’t a case of open-ended accusations nor is it like the OJ Simpson case where there is lasting suspicion but no conviction. Sandusky was convicted of molesting 10 young boys. He will almost certainly spend the rest of his pathetic life in jail. The boys he targeted were all vulnerable and from disadvantaged homes. So I have no doubt in my mind, whatsoever, that he was capable of moving his target close to home. None. The fact that the Sanduskys could stand by this piece of scum instead of defending their son/brother is heartbreaking. The way they chose to conclude their statement even more so. According to The Daily Mail:
“The statement concludes with the message that attacking Matthew will provoke him and they are worried about what he will say about the family members, some of whom had already lost jobs and friends in the aftermath of the trial. ’We cannot afford any more pain,’ the Sanduskys write.”
YOU can’t afford any more pain? What about your husband/father’s victims? What about Matthew’s pain?
The worst part of all this for me is how easily Dottie Sandusky could betrayed her son. This is a child that she chose to adopt and then raised as her own child. She supposedly loved him. I would take a bullet for my children. I can’t understand how someone could so easily dismiss her son’s pain in order to protect a convicted pedophile and child molester like Jerry Sandusky. She should be ashamed of herself, and the rest of the family with her.