I have a plaque on my office wall from the Canadian Center For Abuse Awareness ~ Martin Kruze Memorial Fund, thanking me for some work I did helping them raise funds a few years ago. I am proud of that plaque.
Martin Kruze, was one of the victims of sexual abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto during the 1970s. In 1997, Kruze revealed that as a young hockey player he had been sexually abused at Maple Leaf Gardens by Gordon Stuckless, an employee at the Gardens. Stuckless was eventually convicted and sentenced to two years less a day in prison. Three days after the sentencing, Martin Kruze jumped off a bridge to his death.
It is a terrible story that continues to haunt the city of Toronto, the Maple Leafs, professional hockey, sports in general and well, umm…pretty much everyone who is familiar with this horrible nightmare.
As of this writing Joe Paterno lies close to death. Paterno who was Penn State’s head football coach from 1966-2011 was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after being fired in November in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving former top assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno, who gave his first interview on the subject last week, said: “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was, …So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”
That’s the best (on his death bed) Joe Pa could do. Seriously!
A tale that was known by many, and denied by all. And continues to be denied, even in death. How strong was this horribly evil pact anyway?
Something wrong here.
Penn State, right now, is busy buying up .XXX Internet domains with the school name and nicknames. Why? To try to prevent people from starting up porn sites with the school’s name in light of the scandal. Talk about a dis-connect!
There is no need here to cite statistics and case studies about the ramifications of child sex abuse.
“As you know, the kids that were the victims, I think we ought to say a prayer for them,” said the coach.
So many lives de-railed before they even had a chance to begin. Lives ruined by a man
secretly given an all access pass to sexual depravity in an effort to protect revenue and continue a never-ending quest for a trophy, that costs about $70.
I guess what is really leaving me stunned, is the offering up of prayers for the victims (as many as 20 some reports indicate) while still denying any personal accountability.
I hear the “Rose Bowl” in Hell is quite the hot contest!
Post Script: Joe Paterno passed away in hospital last night (01/22/12)