Remove Joe Paterno Statue: Establish Tribute to Victims
  • Petitioned The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees

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The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees

Remove Joe Paterno Statue: Establish Tribute to Victims

    1. Jennifer Storm
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Storm

      Harrisburg, PA

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The release of the Freeh report has finally laid to rest any doubt as to the involvement of the late Joe Paterno in the cover-up of child sexual assault on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University. We firmly believe any likeness of his image on the campus, most importantly, the statue that stands in his honor should be removed. We firmly believe that instead a tribute to the victims whose lives have been forever altered should be established instead. A permanent marker of some kind should be erected to create awareness of child abuse, to allow for the ability for fans to donate to organizations who help crime victims and to ensure that Penn Staters never allow this type of abuse or crime to occur again on campus. By doing so, you allow for an opportunity for fans to forever honor the lives of these victims, to create change in the lives of victims in PA and to provide a healing mechanicsm for the fans, faculty, staff and vistors to heal from their own emotional turmoil over the handleing of this case. These crimes were so horrific on so many levels, the deep betrayal runs throughout the entire Penn State campus, but most notably, the football stadium and buildings. We cannot just remove Joe and others and not put in their place a direct image of why. Penn State cannot just sweep this under the rug, in order to be proactive in every way, administrators and trustees must be willing to visually provide a reminder of their verbal commitments. Penn State can be a productive part of the solution by providing outlets for victims to feel safe, honored and allow game goers to contribute to helping other victims of child abuse.

By signing this petition we are requesting The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees to immediately bring down the Joe Paterno Statue and in its place establish a memorial for the victims who have suffered the most harm.

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    • Kathy Furz STRONGSVILLE, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      In RESPECT to what is RIGHT and JUST; all the known and unknown victims.

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      • over 2 years ago

      This would bring closure for the Penn State Community and most importantly, the victims. It would be an important acknowledgement that Joe Paterno had knowledge (how much we will never know, but it is a fact he had some knowledge) that there was a pedophile on football facilities, and that Jerry Sandusky continued to bring Second Mile boys to the showers, bowl games, and closed practices for many years after the 2001 incident. It would bring comfort to the pain that the deniers' words have brought to the victims; every time people say that Mr. Paterno did all he had to do, the victims are once again violated and invalidated. It opens the wounds again and again and the victims and Penn State Community cannot heal.

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    • Carolyn Heard WARRINGTON, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing out of respect to the victims. What happened to them was morally reprehensible. Penn State needs to put the needs of children first, not the adoration of Paterno or its formerly prized football program.

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    • Rick Truscello JOHNSTOWN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Enablers are responsible too

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    • Tracy Walton PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      It's sad that winning games meant more to him than human life, sexual abuse, and doing the right thing.

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