Last week, witnesses began taking the stand to testify against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who faces 52 counts related to child sexual abuse. As was predicted, much of the witness testimony was difficult to hear, but not just for its content. More shocking, perhaps, was the lingering question: Why didn’t the witnesses report what they saw? Or if they reported it, why didn’t they follow up on their reports?
Max Bazerman is a business ethicist at Harvard, and co-author, along with Ann Tenbrunsel, of “Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do About It.” Mindy Mitnick is a licensed psychologist with decades of experience working with witnesses and victims of abuse.