Penn State’s $60 Million Fine Going to Child Sex Abuse Prevention


Pennsylvania State University’s $60 million NCAA fine over the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal — about the equivalent of the football program’s revenue for one year -will go toward an endowment for child sex abuse support or prevention, McClatchy Newspapers report. They can’t be Penn State programs. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is “thrilled” about the creation of an endowment. Kristen Houser, a spokeswoman for the Harrisburg-based group, said the funding will create “a source of enduring support.”

“We’re looking forward to working with the football program and university at large at bringing about the culture changes,” she said. Anne Ard, director of the Centre County, Pa., Women’s Resource Center, said she hopes the money will be used toward abuse prevention services in Centre County. She said prevention is chronically underfunded and takes a back seat to victim services when funding is tight. “Prevention is the very thing that gets cut first,” she said. “To do it well, it’s a labor-intensive activity.” Philadelphia attorney Tom Kline noted that the fine “does nothing directly to compensate the victims, which, of course will be a separate process in the civil courts in Pennsylvania.”

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