PCAR, PCAP to hold collection to support services for victims of child sexual abuse at Penn State football game

Kristen Houser
Vice President of Communications, PCAR
(717) 728-9740 ext. 144
(814) 933-9960 cell


November 11, 2011

HARRISBURG--The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania will sponsor a collection drive to support the delivery of services to victims of child sexual assault across Pennsylvania and the HERO project Saturday at Beaver Stadium in State College.

The collection drive will be held at the gates of Beaver Stadium and conducted by Penn State student-athletes and members of the student body before the noon kickoff against Nebraska. Those who wish to donate, but do not plan to attend the game can make donations through the Vision of Hope Fund which supports the HERO project by visiting www.theirhope.org.

PCAR's network of 51 rape crisis centers throughout Pennsylvania serve more than 30,000 sexual assault survivors each year--including more than 8,000 children while the HERO campaign utilizes compelling public service announcements about child sexual abuse to spur adults to act--to become a HERO for a child. The nationally recognized campaign helps provide adults who suspect child sexual abuse with the tools and confidence they may need to report suspected child abuse.

"This is an opportunity for those attending Penn State's game to show support--not only for the survivors of Mr. Sandusky's actions, but all survivors of sexual abuse," PCAR Chief Executive Officer Delilah Rumburg said. "Donations made at the game will provide direct services to victims across the state and help to educate adults on the proper steps to take if you suspect child sexual abuse."

The collection drive was sparked through a social media call to action by Penn State alumnus Brian Bumbarger.

"I was heartbroken to see the spiral of negativity that had overtaken our community, and wanted to do something positive; something that recognizes who the real victims are and results in help for current victims and preventing future victims, and something that shows the true compassion and philanthropy of this community," Bumbarger said. "I never thought that posting an idea as a Facebook status would snowball into such a huge, positive effort."

If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse and need support, call 1-888-772-PCAR.

Those concerned about a child can speak to sexual assault counselors at 877-874-HERO for resources and assistance in reporting abuse. To learn more about the HERO project, visit www.heroproject.org.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is the oldest and largest state anti-sexual violence coalition in the U.S. The organization represents 51 sexual assault centers that serve the state's 67 counties. Each year these centers provide confidential services, at no charge, to more than 30,000 men, women and children affected by sexual abuse.

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