Penn State donates to sexual violence centre

Penn State students hold candles during a candlelight vigil to show their support for sexual abuse...

Penn State students hold candles during a candlelight vigil to show their support for sexual abuse victims involved in the recent controversy in State College, Pennsylvania November 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

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Penn State has pledged $1.5 million to programs that help prevent and treat sexual abuse and violence.

The Nittany Lions announced a partnership Thursday with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

"As a university and as people within a caring community we believe it is essential to take a deeper look at the core issue of child sexual abuse and to openly acknowledge the scope of the problem," interim university president Rodney Erickson said. "Our own experience shows that child sexual abuse greatly impacts individuals and entire communities. It is now our responsibility to assist in raising awareness and in helping fight this insidious and often secret crime."

Penn State is trying to cope with a molestation scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

The $1.5 million is the school's share of Big Ten football bowl revenues this year.

 


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