Judge Jeanine addressed the Penn State controversy on this weeks show. She brought profound insight into this hideous crime. Always an advocate for the underdog, she gave a powerful voice to Gerald Sandusky’s victims. Her summation “Innocence Shattered” left me in tears long after the show was over.
Gerald Sandusky former Penn State football coach has been charged with multiple counts of child molestation that spans about 15 years. He was seen by grad student Mike McQueary sodomizing a 10-year old boy in the locker room showers. It’s reported that Sandusky used the Second Mile charity to find and abuse at risk kids.
Judge Jeanine’s words were so poignant. She said the kids from this charity were simply happy if they got a new pair of shoes. But instead Gerald Sandusky stole their innocence. When she spoke about how the 10-year old child must have felt knowing an adult (McQueary) saw him being abused and walked away; I was stunned.
She’s the first person to point out what it must feel like to have a grown up know and do nothing to help. Until now its been about the adults involved and how could they do it, what motivated them, why people weren’t arrested. It took me awhile to recover from Judge Jeanine’s summation. There is a level of distrust and pain that goes beyond the abuse when the child knows an adult knew and did nothing to help. There is a loneliness that can’t be verbalized and is usually never acknowledged–until now.
I envied the boys because Judge Jeanine spoke up for them. There is some healing when a victim’s pain is acknowledged. She gave them respect and value as human beings which is often lost forever after sexual abuse. Though she was speaking for the Sandusky victims, the little girl in me was cheering her on. As Judge Jeanine was berating those who stood by and did nothing, she was healing the hearts of some very battered souls.