Jerry Sandusky Sentencing Brings Out the Best & Worst in Moms (VIDEO)

jerry sanduskyI think it's safe to say that most parents feel like Jerry Sandusky is getting off easy with his sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison -- I think most parents, myself included, would prefer if the convicted sex offender could somehow be forced to experience the hell his victims went through. I can only imagine how the actual parents of those boys feel. Like the mom who joined four of the victims in court to testify on behalf of her son.

It's not clear why this particular victim didn't testify in person, though I wouldn't be surprised if he simply couldn't handle the additional trauma of standing up and sharing his personal horror story with the world. But it's clear why his mom stepped in -- because wouldn't any mother jump at the opportunity to publicly condemn someone who hurt her child?

Well, no. Not in the case of Dottie Sandusky.

Let's not forget: Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Michael says he was one of the former Penn State football coach's victims, too, which is especially stomach-turning -- particularly when you consider that his mother stood by her husband until the trial's bitter end, apparently with "tears in her eyes." Now, I can't say whether or not Dottie Sandusky knew what was going on at the time of the abuse, but even all these years later, isn't it her responsibility to stand up for her child?

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There's truly nothing about this case, beginning to end, that doesn't make my skin crawl -- as a human being, let alone as a mom. But when I even begin to consider how I might react if one of the victims were my child ... I can barely bring myself to imagine such a thing, honestly.

What do you think about Dottie Sandusky's choice to stand by her husband?

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Trina... Trina.mhmm

I was molested by a neighbor when I was just starting 4th grade. He was a senior in highschool. When some other girl that was also molested (she actually liked it) was bragging about what happened, another student told the teacher and thats when it all came out. This was towards 6th grade when it came out. She did not testify because she loved him. So she spread nasty rumors about me and said I made it all up. I was bullied so bad I had to drop out of 6th grade for the second half of the year... I did not testify in court. My parents did. I was too scared, embarrassed and could not talk about it infront of my family. There are plenty of reasons parents testify for their kids no matter what the age is..

Leigh Anna Clark Young

She's dillusional.  We'll never know if she really had NO idea what her sickening husband was up to...why would she ever admit to knowing?  She'd then be culpable & probably is culpable.  Her dillusion will get her through this life but her conscience, regarding her son, will eat her alive if she is at all, ever, a woman who was a true mother to him. 

mrspease mrspease

What kind of woman wants to admit that she made the worst judgment call ever? It's easier to deny and bury your head in the sand than it is to accept the realization that the man you chose to spend your life with, the man you adopted a child with was actually a child predator. A worthless piece of scum who preyed on the very children he claimed to be helping. She's too proud to admit it.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I think that if the victims accept this sentence as sufficient, then so should we. 

MomLi... MomLily67

Maybe she is a victim of his twisted personality too. 

Deefo... Deeforeveryoung

 Dottie comes from the good old  days when a women role was to be a wife .I believe she's a great liar  and her mind  her  husband is the victim..Please pray for Her and women like her that close there DOTTIE

wamom223 wamom223

The wife is crazy, obviously.  I am hoping Sandusky gets put in general population and then I hope the guards turn their heads when he gets what's coming to him.  

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