Fire John Ziegler for harassing sexual assault victims
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In 2012, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was convicted of molesting dozens of boys over a 15-year period. He is now serving 30 to 60 years in a Pennsylvania prison. Right-wing radio host and filmmaker John Ziegler has spent the last four-plus years arguing that Sandusky was the victim of an elaborate frame-up, and that Sandusky's victims lied on the stand.
However, Ziegler has gone about proving it in a despicable way--by stalking and harassing Sandusky's victims. He has taken pictures of victims, their relatives and their friends and posted them on social media. He has also publicly named victims on both social media and on the air, and harassed and trolled victims and their relatives on social media. He has also posted victims' names, addresses and phone numbers on his Website, Framing Paterno.
Unfortunately, due to a loophole in Pennsylvania's rape shield law, the victims would have to give up their anonymity in order to press charges or seek restraining orders against Ziegler. None of the victims who have not been publicly identified are nearly emotionally healed enough to go through a trial without assurances that they will be safe--and that their identities will be protected.
Ziegler has denied ever stalking victims, but there are no fewer than 10 documented instances as far back as 2013 where he has tweeted pictures of Sandusky victims, their relatives or girlfriends, tweeted pictures of their houses, or trolled victims and relatives on Twitter. As late as March 28, he was naming Sandusky victims on the radio.
Ziegler has been a columnist for Mediaite since July 2016. However, it is inconceivable that any legitimate media organization would have hired him if his stalkerish actions had been known. This sort of behavior would be a firing offense at any newspaper, radio station, or television station.
It is time for Mediaite owner Dan Abrams to take a stand and cut ties with Ziegler.
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