As I’ve said before, I think the sexual abuse of a child is one of the worst things that any person can do, and I have no tolerance whatsoever for those who commit or abet these kinds of abominable acts. So I welcomed the recent news that the victims of Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coach at Penn State University who was recently convicted for the serial molestation of numerous young children, have planned to file a lawsuit against the University for its role in allowing him to continue his heinous acts for more than a decade.
I know that a lot of people feel that the University has already been duly punished, both by the NCAA and by the serious damage that has been done to their reputation as a result of the scandal. While these measures are an important step in the right direction, really, it’s important that the school be held fully accountable for the consequences of actions committed by their officials, even if those individuals are no longer with the institution. And one of the requirements for this type of accountability to be achieved is for the victims to get the restitution they deserve for the pain and suffering they had to endure.