Penn State pledges $1.5M for sex-crimes groups


Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State will give $1.5 million from its share of postseason bowl revenue to two sex-crimes advocacy groups as it deals with the aftermath of sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

School officials promised the donation Thursday as part of a three-year partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

The money will come from Penn State's share of Big Ten bowl revenue.

University President Rodney Erickson says the scandal illustrates the impact such abuse has not only on individuals, but broader communities.

The Sandusky scandal resulted in the departures of coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier. Sandusky has acknowledged showering with young boys but says he never sexually abused them.

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