In the Ayres case, people have wondered out loud for years how his wife Solveig could stick with him. Now in the wake of the Sandusky scandal, an interesting article in the Daily Beast talks about the "complicit"wives of pedophiles.


In the aftermath of the Penn State sex-abuse scandal—and newer allegations against former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine—some of the most perplexing questions to arise have been about the women who shared the alleged molesters’ beds while it was all happening. How on earth could they not have known? Does it take a certain kind of woman to live this kind of lie?

.....Psychologists are quick to caution that there is no one-size-fits-all model for these women—but they do share some common characteristics. Low self-esteem tops the list. Many are also religious, submissive, shy, and emotionally unstable, says Charlene Steen, another psychologist who specializes in treating sex offenders. (Much of this calls to mind Dottie Sandusky, whose life seemed to revolve around her demigod husband and his charity where she volunteered.)

Edited by pluckmemory (12/05/11 05:00 PM)