Does Sandusky Really Believe He’s the Victim?

October 10, 2012


With the Jerry Sandusky trial and sentencing finally over, we can breathe a sigh of relief that another offender is permanently behind bars. Tidy, right? Not so much. During the sentencing hearing, his words of denial surrounding the sexual abuse of at least 10 boys and view of himself as the victim were not entirely unexpected, but repulsive nonetheless.

Does he truly believe that he is innocent and wrongly convicted? Does he truly see himself as the victim?

We want him to confess and apologize to the boys, now grown men, who were abused by him. We want them to have that final piece of healing and closure that would only come from a confession and apology.

Are they likely to get it? Not a chance according to author, lawyer and therapist, Bill Eddy, in his book, It’s All Your Fault! in which he describes the personality traits of people who deflect blame, see themselves as victims, dominate others out of fear of being dominated, and show a strong disregard for the laws and rules of society. Eddy explains this as Antisocial Personality Disorder. The mental health bible, the DSM-IV further describes this type:

  • failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
  • deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
  • reckless disregard for safety of self or others
  • lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another

His behaviors strongly suggest that he may be afflicted with Antisocial Personality Disorder. He knows what he did but his mental condition does not allow for insight into his behavior so he likely does see himself as the victim.

Sadly, the victims will not get the confession and apology they deserve, but hopefully they will have or already had the right treatment to understand their perpetrator’s actions and move beyond into their own healing. Read more about Antisocial Personality Disorder and how to identify and avoid them in It’s All Your Fault!

Unhooked Books

unHooked Books is an online bookstore specializing in personality disorders, high-conflict people, living healthy, eating healthy, and better managing life.
Megan Hunter and Life Unhooked

Megan Hunter is founder and CEO of and Life Unhooked, a speaking, training and consulting company that provides a fresh perspective and approach to help companies and individuals identify and overcome the damaging behaviors of HCD’s – whether they are employees, customers, vendors, board members, or anyone in your life. Most importantly we help you ‘unhook’ from these peoples’ behaviors so that you can make the right, next decisions – cleanly and clearly. She is also the co-founder of the High Conflict Institute launched in 2007 with Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., an internationally renowned expert in High Conflict Personalities. She has been the recipient of several awards including the President’s Award by the Arizona Family Support Council (2005), the Friend of Psychology Award by the Arizona Psychology Association (2006) and the Outstanding Contribution Award by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (2010). She is a volunteer in several organizations including a member of Tanzania Project and Vice President of Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN). She holds a BA degree in business from Chadron State College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. To contact Megan about speaking engagements or to gather more information, email megan@lifeunhooked.com

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