Sandusky's Victim One Bullied out of School

According to Sara Ganim at the Patriot-News, the reporter who first broke the Penn State sexual-abuse story back in March, Sandusky's Victim One has had to leave school because he's being bullied:

Officials at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County weren’t providing guidance for fellow students, who were reacting badly about Joe Paterno’s firing and blaming the 17-year-old, said Mike Gillum, the psychologist helping his family. Those officials were unavailable for comment this weekend.

The name-calling and verbal threats were just too much, he said.

The news media may have moved on, but these kids are going to have to live with the fallout from being assaulted, abused, and blamed for the rest of their lives. I can hardly even speak about how appalled I am about this.

Yet I'm not surprised. This is what happens to girls and women who report assaults and rape. Why would it be different for boys and men?

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It is a disgrace, that an abuse victim is bullied and made to leave school. If anything, this should be a teaching moment about what it is to be an american. No one is above the law and the primary responsibility of adults is to protect our children. I find it appalling that this has even occurred in our school system. Shame on the adults around him. No wonder this child did not come forward. Look at what is happening here to him already! This is like blaming the woman for her rape because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I think it is "different for boys and men", not in the sense that it's better or worse but in the sense that the societal prejudices and reactions actually are different. I oversimplify but the overall pattern seems to be that if a young male is abused by a woman, the reaction is "You're lucky"; if he's abused by a man, "Why did you let it happen - you must be gay."

Victim One is fortunate that his parents identified a problem and did something. No, it's not fair, but I'm thinking of a particularly unpleasant case in which the parents didn't have the resources (or perhaps it was the motivation) to move their child, who was being cruelly taunted in middle school after being abused by a church "youth counselor".

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