Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sandusky Trial Day 4: Just Make it Stop

Today marked the end of the prosecutions case, although they did not formally rest.  It was a day of intense and unsettling testimony.  It had many people who are following this case wondering how to just make all of this stop.

Victim 9 testified.  It was compelling and as predicted, the final witness was as strong as the first witness Victim  4.  Sources in the courtroom reported this from Victim 9 "What was I going to do? I mean look at him, he's a big guy. He was bigger than me, at the time way bigger than me."  This came after tearful descriptions of his abuse both orally and anally by Sandusky.  Victim 9 said he weighed less than 70 pounds at the time.
"There was no fighting against it," he said. "Sometimes (I'd) scream, sometimes tell him to get off me, but other than that, who was there? We were in the basement, no one could hear you down there. We were always down there." 
Frankly as disgusting and tragic as the testimony was, it was probably the best thing the prosecutor did in a week of really good things.  These are the lasting memories that the jury will have while watching the defense try to mount a case.   The prosecution is banking on the fact that the testimony of these victims is so overwhelming that the jury will convict Sandusky to make it stop.

Amendola is putting on a defense next week.  His job is to rehab his clients character.  We can expect a stream of tearful family and friends telling the jury what a great guy Jerry is.  People like Joyce Porter, who told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports, "he's a saint, a wonderful guy".   This was troubling to a lot of people today.  What most people don't understand is that to people like Joyce, Sandusky is a wonderful guy.

Serial child sexual abusers are most often "wonderful" guys.  They are charming, smart and friendly.  They lure their victims with charm.  Think of it like this, if you've got a significant other, did you woo them with charm, humor and kindness?  For most of us the answer is yes.   Serial child sexual abusers use the same tools.  Once they have their prey, its about power and control, but the chase is the thing for a lot of these guys.   The charm  they use on their  victims is also employed in their daily life, making them seem like great guys to their friends and community.

This brings me to my final point, one which frankly may be off putting for a lot of people.  Today there was speculation about why Sandusky has not taken a plea, why he's put these men and the rest of us through this.

 I've seen this before and I can't say with 100 percent certainty about Sandusky, but a lot of serial child sexual abusers like to relive their old conquests.   I have been trials in which the defendant has become tumescent during testimony.  I've helped law enforcement get a confession here and there because while questioning the perp, he started rubbing his hand on the  table or his leg in  the same fashion he abused his victim.

While the rest of  the world is done with this entire mess,  Sandusky has no desire to 'just make it stop.'

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