Mental Health Provider
As a medical diagnosis, pedophilia, or paedophilia, is defined as a psychiatric disorder in adults or adolescents 16 years of age and older, typically characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children (generally age 13 years or younger, though onset of puberty may vary). The prepubescent child must be at least five years younger than the adolescent before the attraction can be diagnosed as pedophilia.
Jerry Sandusky, one of the most reviled individuals of this young century, has been dealing with a mental illness called pedophilia for many years. The disease was his demon, and he was unable or unwilling to bring it under control. He submitted to his darkest desires and willfully, often through complex and intricate planning, sexually violated a group of young boys over many years. He was a monster, and he was very, very dangerous.
The trial is over, and if the defendant had even a whisper of decency, it was a trial that would never have been held. But Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State and newly convicted perpetrator of sex crimes against children, wasn't man enough to admit his guilt and let the young men whom he molested when they were mere boys avoid yet one more humiliation. Sandusky roared his innocence, and each of the savagely wronged boys had to relive their personal nightmares one more time on the witness stand. Sandusky was raping them yet again.
And that raging denial was shameless.
But now that the trial is over and Sandusky has been found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse against children, he is still proclaiming his innocence. If he had just shown the strength of character to admit his guilt, even at this late hour, and sincerely apologize to his numerous victims, he might have relieved some of their shame and horror - just a little.
But the coach would like us to believe that he is the victim.
Sandusky's greatest crime against these children was his failure to own his crimes, and to let the boys know that the problem was his and his alone. A real man would have fallen to his knees before them and begged their forgiveness - but Jerry Sandusky is not a real man in any sense of the word.
And he is not a victim.