What Penn State has done to fight child sex abuse



For two years, we’ve written extensively about Penn State, Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno. And in all that time since the child sex abuse scandal broke, there have been some stories we’ve overlooked and under-reported. Now is the time to change that.

Everyone wants to talk about Paterno, and it seems since he passed on, the yearn to discuss Joe Paterno has gotten even stronger. However, it’s time to take the spotlight off him. And instead talk about what Penn State is doing to try and right the wrongs of Sandusky.

How the PSU community is working to make sure that the atrocities committed during the Paterno regime do not happen again. In Happy Valley or anywhere else.

On Sept. 21st versus Kent State, Penn State held the third annual “Blue Out” game, and Penn St. senior Victoria Smith now leads a tradition that was started two years ago in the wake of the scandal breaking.

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From the official website of Penn State

Smith is director of the One Heart Campaign, a student group centered around educating people on child sexual abuse prevention. The “Blue Out” is the club’s marquee event for the fall and has raised about $120,000 to date. Proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s Vision of Hope fund, which is directly aimed at helping children.

“We are a group of students that really want to do something,” Smith said. “We want the Blue Out to be a tradition at Penn State — and we can continue to make a difference.”

For more information on the Blue Out or the One Heart Campaign, visit the group’s Facebook page.

Additionally, there is a movement to reform the Penn State Board of Trustees. Also, a group of Penn State alumni are collecting money for RAINN Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network through a Twitter campaign using the hashtag, #ProudPSUforRAINN. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and needs help, visit RAINN’s online hotline or call 1-800-656-HOPE. Go to RAINN websites here and here

Defend a Child is another organization bringing awareness to this cause.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the world; with regular weekly segments on NBC, CBS and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) , Facebook and RSS feed

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  1. Linda Berkland says:

    These “atrocities” occurred under the Corbett regime, not the Paterno regime. The Second Mile, the source of the victims, was a state licensed and audited charity under the oversight of the PA Attorney General (then Corbett) and it was PA’s child welfare organizations (DPW, CYS) who failed to identify the signs that Sandusky might be a pedophile. That ball was dropped in 1998. Children remain at risk as long as the spotlight continues to shine on PSU instead of the professionals who should have been able to identify this predator and didn’t.

  2. What is anyone else doing to fight child abuse? Is it your contention that this is a problem that only happens at Penn State? Is it your contention that only Penn State needs to fight child abuse and once Penn State has defeated child abuse on it’s campus it’ll be stricken from the Earth? Here’s a newsflash for you, Banks; Penn State could do nothing whatsover to fight child abuse and there would still never be another Sandusky committing “atrocities under the Paterno Regime” (nice one there, Paul) on cmapus. He was a bit of a unique case. The world should be busy ferretting out other Sadnuskys at other places like the 2nd Mile where they gain access to their victims, like maybe Arrow, instead of crawling up PSU’s ass with a microscope.

  3. paulmbanks says:

    Wow, you still find points of contention and issue with something I write that does nothing but bring positive attention to the good things being done at Penn State.

    You two really are pathetic, and have a miserable existence. I do something nice and this the thanks I get. You’re blocked/banned from this site. Because you’re too stupid to be allowed to comment here

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