Although Jerry Sandusky claims that he’s not a pedophile, everything about him says that he is. In 1977 he founded Second Mile as a nonprofit organization to help disadvantaged kids. This gave him carte blanche to picking his victims.
When it first opened the organization helped 45 kids and by the time he was arrested, Second Mile was helping over 100,000 kids.
Despite Sandusky making the foundation a one-stop shopping for his sick and perverted lifestyle, the foundation actually grew and did some good. They provided early childhood intervention services, community-based programs and parent support throughout the state. Second Mile also didn’t rely on any government funding. They raised money through private donors, businesses, clubs and other organizations so they could provide Pennsylvania kids with free services. Their biggest fundraiser was the celebrity golf tournament that was held on Penn State’s campus every year.
Through this fundraiser as well as others that Penn State sponsored, Second Mile was able to accrue funds over nine million dollars. Their annual budget is over two million dollars.
In fact, from its conception, Second City and Penn State were Siamese twins that hadn’t yet been separated. Besides giving the foundation numerous donations over the years, in 2002 it sold Second Mile over 40 acres of its land.
And now, it’s over. On November 23rd, as the foundation faced the threat of numerous lawsuits due to Jerry Sandusky’s actions, they announced that they’ll be closing. In preparations for those lawsuits, the foundation has hired former Philly District Attorney Lynne Abraham to represent them.
The foundation had done their best to handle damage control and even eliminated any mention of Sandusky or showing his likeness on their website, but it was too late. The damage to their reputation, which they had nurtured for over 30 years, was irreparable.
This is the thing with pedophiles. They destroy lives and don’t care about the carnage they leave sitting on the side of the road. Not only are the kids he allegedly assaulted and their families his victims, but the staff at Second Mile and the people they served are also his victims.
In Centre County residents like to say that they are a close knit community where everyone knew everyone else. If this is truly the case, why didn’t anyone know what Sandusky was doing? If people knew, and it was conceivable that they did, why didn’t anyone speak up?