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Penn State to donate $1.5M to child abuse organizations

| Friday, December 2, 2011 12:00 a.m

Twenty-five days after child sex abuse charges were filed against a former defensive football coach, a Penn State official said on Thursday the university hopes its partnership with state and national advocacy groups “will help us become a national leader” in preventing sexual crimes.

Facing seven outside investigations and a predicted avalanche of litigation, Penn State announced it is donating $1.5 million in Big Ten bowl revenue to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Rodney Kirsch, senior vice president for development and alumni relations, said the university is “doing the right thing to say this is an important societal issue.”

It’s a three-year partnership with Penn State, said Delilah Rumburg, CEO of both groups.

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky faces 40 charges related to child abuse against eight alleged victims, and two ex-administrators are charged with perjury and failing to report a sex crime. Their lawyers say they are innocent.

Rumburg said final decisions have not been made on the money’s uses. One component will likely be education for Penn State employees, she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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