For the first time yesterday, Dottie (Dorothy) Sandusky spoke out about her husband’s arrests and the more than 50 counts of child sex abuse against him.
“The wife of ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky said Thursday her husband is innocent of the child sex abuse allegations made against him and that his accusers are making up their stories, including one suggesting she was home while Sandusky attacked a boy who screamed for help….”
“She released the statement through her husband’s lawyer a day after a grand jury report detailed claims of two new accusers, among them the testimony of one who said he cried out for her help while Sandusky assaulted him in a basement bedroom.”
” ‘I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is absolutely untrue,’ she said. ‘We don’t know why these young men have made these false accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue.’ ”
“Dottie Sandusky, who has raised six adopted children, said she has been “shocked and dismayed” by the claims.”
” ‘I have been devastated by these accusations,’ she said. ‘Our children, our extended family and friends know how much Jerry and I love kids and have always tried to help and care for them. We would never do anything to hurt them.’ “
Here is some background on their marriage from the AP.
“Dottie Sandusky, whose real name is Dorothy, met Jerry Sandusky at a summer picnic in 1965, just before he began his senior year at Penn State, according to his book, “Touched.”
“They married in September 1966 and tried to start a family after he finished graduate school at Penn State, but discovered from doctors that they were not able to have children of their own for reasons that he didn’t specify.”
“Eventually, they adopted six children and the book portrays her as presiding over a bustling house filled with their own children, their children’s friends and children from The Second Mile charity, preparing most family meals and refereeing sibling rivalries.”
” ‘Dottie was the leader,’ his book reads. “’I became another kid for her to supervise as well. As I said before, there was never a dull moment in the Sandusky household, and I don’t think any of us would have wanted things any other way.’ “
So what do you think? Would you stand by your man and defend him? Do you think she’s in denial or after that many years of marriage she knows in her heart her husband wouldn’t hurt a child?
What would you do if your husband were accused of this or other crimes? Would it be harder to stand by your man if it was sex abuse against kids or stealing or murder? Would the severity of the accusations affect your decision to stay or begin divorce proceedings?
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