Indeed, the 2012 Penn State report issued by former FBI Director Louis Freeh's law firm noted a janitor saw Sandusky molesting a young boy in 2000. That janitor, who had fought in the Korean War, reportedly told his colleagues he had “seen people with their guts blowed out, arms dismembered ... . I just witnessed something in there I'll never forget.”
Yet when another janitor suggested they notify the police, the janitor who witnessed the assault reportedly said, “No, they'll get rid of us all.” Another janitor said it “would have been like going against the president of the United States in my eyes.”
Laws and regulations matter. They play a role in preserving civil order. But laws and regulations don't purge men of evil intent, and policymakers can't perfectly anticipate how criminals will respond. Most of all, laws and regulations are no substitute for citizens' willingness to do the right thing all the time, even when others turn a blind eye.