Penn State details plans for Center for the Protection of Children

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Officials at Penn State University released additional details today about their plans for  the creation of a Center for the Protection of Children.

Penn State`s new president Rodney Erickson announced the creation of the center recently, on the heels of the expanding child sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the university for the last month since the arrest of former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky who now faces charges that he sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year-period.

Erickson today said Dr. Andrea Taroli, a certified child abuse pediatrician will head the center at the Penn State Hershey Children`s Hospital. The Penn State Law School and its Children`s Advocacy Center and  The Children, Youth and Families Consortium in the College of Health and Human Development, also were identified as collaborators on the project.

Last week, Erickson announced Penn State`s partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center with a University commitment of $1.5 million. The partnership will extend the collective reach of programs offered by these two agencies. Funding is coming from Penn State's share of this year's Big Ten bowl revenues and any remaining money from those bowl games -- generally estimated to be in the area of $500,000 to $800,000 -- will now go toward the new Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children.

Two top Penn State officials — athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz — stepped aside from their roles with the university last month after they were charged with perjury and failing to report allegations against Sandusky in the scandal that later claimed the jobs of Penn State President Graham Spanier and storied football coach Joe Paterno.


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