The President of the NCAA delivered a crushing punishment to Penn State University Monday, for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and the University's failure to deal with it.
The school will lose ten football scholarships a year and be banned from bowl games for four years. Also all of the football wins from 1998 through last season will be taken out of the record book. The university will also have to pay $60 million dollars to create a fund for programs that prevent child sex abuse.
Jerry Sandusky was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys. It's a national case that casted spotlight on the fight against child sex abuse.7&4 News sat down with workers at the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center to get their reaction.
Traverse Bay Advocacy Center's Clinical Coordinator Amelia Siders says, "They didn't protect these children they put the institution above that and that's what's so critically important about the sanctions. that cannot be tolerated."
Siders says most people want to pretend that child sex abuse doesn't happen but the statistics speak for themselves. Sider explains, "85% of the victims of sexual abuse are victims of people they know.. family, friends of family, youth pastors, sports officials, things like that..."
Siders says one out of four girls and one out of six boys will report some level of sexual abuse by the time they're 18 years-old. It's an ugly truth that's been brought to the fore-front following the Jerry Sandusky trial and now the school is paying the price.
The NCAA imposed a $60 million dollar sanction on the university which will used to fund external programs aimed at preventing child sex abuse. Siders says, "As a Children's Advocacy Center we're hopeful some of that money will go to advocacy's centers across the country. The more counseling and support children and families get, especially early on, the better we can prevent things like substance abuse or mental illness. So early intervention for victims, as well as prevention, and outreach education, I think that is what most of us hope will come of the money..."
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