It took a few days for the child rape story unraveling at Penn State to really get on my radar. And then I read the grand jury report, was sickened, and had to force myself back through it so I could write an informed column. It was a tormented afternoon.
My amazing friend Erin Weed, a heavy hitter in the campus speaking arena, introduced me to Mike Dilbeck, an expert on bystander behavior and founder of the Response Ability Project. His input was invaluable to my processing of the situation.
When I wrote the piece, football coach Joe Paterno had announced his retirement at the end of this season. As it went live today, he had already been ousted along with the president of the college. I fear we’ve only just begun to hear what was going on in Happy Valley.
Today’s Game Plan: To Those Who Didn’t Speak Up at Penn State & Elsewhere