Convicted sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60 years in prison--almost certainly keeping the 68-year-old in confinement for the remainder of his life. Here's the reaction to the sentencing from the Internet, and elsewhere.
Pennsylvania governor Jim Corbett. In a statement issued Tuesday:
"I want to thank the career prosecutors, state troopers, and agents who conducted this thorough and intensive investigation. These cases are difficult in the best of circumstances. It is to the credit of these investigators, along with the resilience of the victims, resulting in an airtight case, the conviction of 45 crimes – and now, today's sentence.
"I want to especially commend the victims in the case, who had the courage to come forward and testify in open court, in spite of tremendous pressure and national publicity. Today's sentence will hopefully give comfort to those young men, whose trust in the justice system is rewarded by seeing this man go to prison for the rest of his life."
Anti-sexual violence organization RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). In a statement issued Tuesday:
"Since the Sandusky story first broke, usage of RAINN's National Sexual Assault Online Hotline has increased 47%, as thousands of survivors have come forward for the first time. Now that Sandusky will be locked up and unable to harm more children, our hope is that even more survivors will take their first steps towards recovery -- with the confidence that their family, friends and community will believe them and support them."
CBSSports.com columnist Gregg Doyel. On Twitter:
The judge essentially told Sandusky's victims, "What was done to you was worth 2-3 years, each." Tragic.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) October 9, 2012
Whatever happens to Sandusky on Tuesday, it won't solve anything. Don't get me wrong -- it has to happen. He has to be locked away forever. But it won't help anyone. His victims have been hurt too badly, and on a much lesser scale so has the reputation of a once idyllic place known as Happy Valley. That charade is over, and while it may regenerate over time, it won't happen in our lifetime. State College as we know it and Penn State as we know it have been hurt too badly.
Popular college basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale. On Twitter:
So tired of Sandusky - just throw away the key - judge should let him have to exist in the general prison population- his acts were TRAGIC— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 9, 2012
Sports humor site the Sports Pickle. On Twitter:
So Sandusky only got 26 more years than Penn State's football program did. Maybe the NCAA should have sentenced him.— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) October 9, 2012
Retired hockey star Theo Fleury. On Twitter:
Now that Sandusky is prison for the rest of his life we now need 2 turn to the survivors and hope they get the help they need 2 move forward— Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) October 9, 2012
Arkansas fullback Kiero Small. On Twitter:
Sandusky get 30 -60 years but dudes out here getting life for drug charges man that's odd— Kiero Small (@KieroSmall36) October 9, 2012
Blogger Mark Ennis. On Twitter:
Not 30-60 thousand years?— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) October 9, 2012
Sexual abuse education advocate Lauren Book. In a statement:
Today's historic sentencing of Jerry Sandusky, one of America's most egregious perpetrators of child sex abuse, shows that justice will be served when victims, parents and the community speak up against abuse. Although I would have liked to see the maximum sentence imposed, I am encouraged that Judge Cleland listened to victims and handed down a sentence that will keep Sandusky in prison so that he cannot hurt anyone else.
As a survivor of child sexual abuse who faced my abuser in a high-profile court proceeding, I know what a day like today means for a victim. It is a day of anger, relief and sometimes even guilt. Throughout the trial, even after having been convicted, Sandusky was claiming innocence, blaming the media and his victims and shifting attention away from the egregious crimes he himself committed. This blame and guilt will live with his victims, and all victims of child sexual abuse, for the rest of their lives and will manifest itself in confusing and unfair ways. It will be a lifelong battle and an everyday choice to live as thriving survivors, not victims, of abuse.
Comedy writer Rob Delaney. On Twitter:
I know it might not be “popular” or “cool” to say this, but I think what Jerry Sandusky did is wrong & he should be punished.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) October 9, 2012