With the passing of Joe Paterno his image is still sadly tarnished. Many say he did not do enough when he witnessed the abuse but what most people fail to recognize is that on an earlier occasion he reported abuse to the police. The police turned a blind eye on that occasion and he was scorned for going over the authority of the athletic board. During the event in question he went to the board and they did nothing.
If we are not allowed to take the law into our own hands and everyone you report to turns a blind eye there is nothing more you can do. People need to honor what he did in his career and let him rest in peace.