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There are survivors among you.

Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 4:56 pm
It has been my horror to write about the Jerry Sandusky allegations, and it will continue to be my horror. I don't like it. I'm not enjoying it. I wish this story never happened.

I also wish the following emails never happened. Well, to be more clear, I wish the events in the following emails never happened. But I applaud these three readers -- one I know from Twitter, two I don't -- for having the courage to share their stories with me.

The fact that they're strong enough, all these years later, to write what they wrote me? That gives me hope. So thank you, Ryan. And thank you, Patrick. And thank you, Wayne. You know who you are.

From: Ryan
Gregg, As a former victim of molestation while I was a child, I'd like to thank you for sticking up for the victims in this case. Paterno is not a hero, he's a coward that put his career and position above the safety of children. He needed to be fired and now hopefully sued by the victims for not doing more for those kids. Keep fighting and writing for these kids. Trust me, they need it.

Ryan, I like to think of myself as a tough guy, but that's a joke. You're the tough guy. Thanks for writing ... Gregg

From: Patrick
I'm from a small town with a terrible football team, so I've always kind of liked Penn State just because of Joe Pa and his values. He's someone that, through the media, I've learned to care about and admire. I was molested between the ages of 7 to 13 by a next-door neighbor. This scandal hurts so deep and brings so many terrible memories, so long suppressed, to the surface. One of my heroes allowed numerous young boys to be allegedly molested, just like me, and now they have to go through life feeling sexually removed, unloved, and afraid. One of my heroes morphed into everything I hate about my life.

I'm so sorry for what you've gone through -- and are still going through. You've probably heard this a million times, but hear it once more, Patrick: What happened to you was not your fault ... Gregg

From: Wayne
It was so cathartic to read your post from the gas station parking lot about putting the scandal in your rear view. When I was 8, an older boy took advantage of me and coerced me to try oral sex. It didn't feel right and I couldn't go all the way while he went further, but nevertheless, the damage was done. As they should be, the victims are the primary focus and will never be the same from that point forward, as I have not since either, but outsiders are impacted too; especially parents such as yourself. I appreciate your article in the authenticity of it and audacity to put it out there. Those who want to lambaste you for thinking of yourself haven't fully appreciated the impact of being in that cesspool of sh-t or knowing people who have gone through something like that. It wasn't until I found Jesus after high school that I could begin to heal, but still, the road is difficult. Thanks for covering the story in its entirety and with passion.

You stay on that road, Wayne. Thank you for sharing, and overcoming ... Gregg

Update, 5 p.m. Another note just came in from another reader. Heartbreaking, yet uplifting:

From: Kim
I just glanced at your blog and read about the survivors and I want to echo what they have said. Thank you for covering this story in the manner in which you have. You have given all survivors a voice in the media. Much like the 10 year old in shower, someone walked in while our next door neighbor was in the process of raping me, he also turned his back and walked out on me, leaving me there alone with that sick man. I was six. I lost my innocence twice that day. This whole scandal has brought back some many feelings and emotions for me and seeing those students rioting at Penn State over the firing of Paterno made me sick to my stomach. Thank you for being my voice.

Thank you for being so strong ... Gregg

Category: NCAAF

Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:57 pm

There are survivors among you.

RIP - a text acronym ahead of its time.  RIP, Paterno, you jack ass.

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:30 pm

There are survivors among you.

Johnny You Are A Idiot ! Now Get Back To Work Slacker ... On More Important News My Fantasy Team Finally Won A Game This Week (1-9) up by 20 points And My Oppenent Has No Players Left ... Talk To Ya Later

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:20 pm

There are survivors among you.

Idiot ? i am not the one making a new name putting up one statement and going away and only favoriting Doyel ( mighty fishy ) so you claim you almost had oral sex. be a MAN and gt over it, and if you are a adult and want to accuse someone of a horrible crime that happened 14 years ago .then put your name out there also or shut up....

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:54 pm

There are survivors among you.

almost every country except ours allows sex with minors , some as young as 12 .... yet it is our country that is the most morally f@&cked up on the planet , But i guess that is the cost of democracy, but when we go to the pearly gates and have to face Gabriel to get in heaven. Ninety percent of americans surely will be going to the Lake of fire if there is one , Not just Sandusky "............... As for all these victims coming out of the woodwork , I tend to agree with Angel ..... people will make false claims just for the money which will be big money against a school like penn state , and sex at a young age i had sex at 11 , (and actually enjoyed it )but then again it was with a older female and not a homosexual thing like these guys had

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:04 pm

There are survivors among you.

Hey Wayne ( If that is your name or maybe doyel's other pen pal huh ! blue blood) I see you just made that I.D. up , Right I Believe you Hah .... Doyel my good man you are a scumbag of the highest order and a horrible writer

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:25 am

There are survivors among you.

Wayne, don't worry about that idiot. But thank you so much for writing in support, really, of me. You're a strong, strong man Wayne. And a good dude.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:35 pm

There are survivors among you.

If I were to meet one of these victims and hear their stories, I do not know what I would say or how to react.  I'd probably be as lost as anyone else.  But Doyel, while I never regularly followed your columns, I have read your coverage of the Sandusky development, and I've spent some time taking in what people have had to say.  In the end, your articles have made me think and if that's what you want, you've succeeded.  What I've decided is that the vanity that has followed Sandusky's crime is equally as sick.

Everybody is so sure about what the right thing was to do and that they'd have done it, and even YOU, in your conversation with a Penn State student, said you knew you'd have done better than Paterno.  To you, and all those like you, two words: Stanley Milgram.  If you're not familiar with his experiments, you might want to watch them here:


Truthfully, David Brooks put it best in the NY Times.  This is what everyone needs to be reading to put this topic to rest once and for all:



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:02 pm

There are survivors among you.


Opening up your column in this way to provide a voice to victims might be the best thing you've ever done. I applaud your approach, the sensitivity you showed them in your responses to their emails and the support you provided. Rather than ranting, which you often do on the various issues of the day, this showed human compassion that has earned my respect.

Furthermore, for those victims who wrote in and the many others who didn't, my prayers are with you. May you find comfort and strength from whatever justice is handed down in the Sandusky case and others. Mostly, Doyel is right that what happened was not your fault. May we all learn from this to do a better job at protecting others from the same horrible crime.   

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:20 pm

There are survivors among you.

Hey Lost Angel... I'm Wayne. He didn't make the emails up, nor did he solicit them. Get your facts straight before mouthing off like an idiot.

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:15 pm

There are survivors among you.

Hi Gregg, Thanks for highlighting this story. I can't believe the criticism you're getting over this, as if football is more important! I, too share your outrage and shock. Sandusky and his lawyers are doing everything to disparage and marginalize the accusations, and it must be working somewhat. Keep on the good work with this. The legal system will work through this, and then that b_____ will go to jail as he deserves. The inmates there will not look kindly on his crimes. No one will shed a tear for him.

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