Victory

Statues are for heroes.

Does a man who knew young, disadvantaged, under-privileged boys were being sexually abused -- and willfully ignored it -- deserve to be commemorated with a statue in his likeness at Penn State University?

Is Joe Paterno a hero?

Do you think that it’s right that the love of a game can supersede the commiting of a crime? Over and over again? Do you think that it’s right that the worship of a sport, and those connected to it, should drown out a cry for help? Over and over again?

To leave that statue standing is an affront to the 8 boys who were brave enough to take on not just their abuser, but an entire University.

To leave that statue standing is an affront to the 12 jurors who were willing to ignore fame in favour of justice.

To leave that statue standing is an affront to our entire justice system and the values this country was founded on.

To leave that statue standing is an affront to every American child, man, woman and senior who has ever been abused, is being abused and may be abused in the future.

To leave that statue standing is an affront to every decent, loving, law-abiding American citizen who cares -- and knows better.

By leaving that statue of Joe Paterno standing at Penn State University its President, Dean, faculty, students, parents and benefactors are sending a very clear message to us all:

Football trumps decency. Football trumps honesty. Football trumps violence. Football trumps victims’ rights.

Statues are for heroes.

Does a man who knew young, disadvantaged, under-privileged boys were being sexually abused -- and willfully ignored it -- deserve to be commemorated with a statue in his likeness at Penn State University?

Is Joe Paterno a hero?

If you agree that Joe Paterno is not deserving of such a celebration, and that this statue should be removed, please sign our petition now. And please ask your friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and social media contacts to do the same. Do it in the name of 8 brave boys, 12 determined jurors, the 50% of Americans who are survivors of abuse and all those who didn’t live through it. Do it in the name of everyone you love.

Letter to
Governor Tom Corbett
President of The Pennsylvania State University Rodney A. Erickson
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Rodney A. Erickson, President of The Pennsylvania State University.

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Tear down the statue to shame

Statues are for heroes.

Does a man who knew young, disadvantaged, under-privileged boys were being sexually abused -- and willfully ignored it -- deserve to be commemorated with a statue in his likeness at Penn State University?

Is Joe Paterno a hero?

Do you think that it’s right that the love of a game can supersede the commiting of a crime? Over and over again? Do you think that it’s right that the worship of a sport, and those connected to it, should drown out a cry for help? Over and over again?

To leave that statue standing is an affront to the 8 boys who were brave enough to take on not just their abuser, but an entire University.

To leave that statue standing is an affront to the 12 jurors who were willing to ignore fame in favour of justice.

To leave that statue standing is an affront to our entire justice system and the values this country was founded on.

To leave that statue standing is an affront to every American child, man, woman and senior who has ever been abused, is being abused and may be abused in the future.

To leave that statue standing is an affront to every decent, loving, law-abiding American citizen who cares -- and knows better.

By leaving that statue of Joe Paterno standing at Penn State University its President, Dean, faculty, students, parents and benefactors are sending a very clear message to us all:

Football trumps decency. Football trumps honesty. Football trumps violence. Football trumps victims’ rights.

Statues are for heroes.

Does a man who knew young, disadvantaged, under-privileged boys were being sexually abused -- and willfully ignored it -- deserve to be commemorated with a statue in his likeness at Penn State University?

Is Joe Paterno a hero?

Joe Paterno is not deserving of such a celebration, this statue should be removed, please remove the statue now. Do it in the name of 8 brave boys, 12 determined jurors, the 50% of Americans who are survivors of abuse and all those who didn’t live through it. Do it in the name of everyone you love.

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Sincerely,