STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Seeking to make amends for the Penn State child sex scandal, the university said it has given more than $1.1 million in football bowl revenues to its new center for child abuse research and treatment.
for the Protection of Children, started in the wake of child sex abuse
allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, will
offer treatment for abused children and a primary care clinic for
foster kids. It also will sponsor research into the prevention,
detection and treatment of abuse; offer training; provide advocacy; and
"We expect that the center
will become a national leader in clinical care, research, education and
direction of policy related to child abuse and neglect," Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a statement Wednesday.
The funding is more than twice the amount that Penn State had promised in December. The university said higher-than-expected bowl revenues allowed it to give more. Penn
State's share of Big Ten bowl proceeds totaled $2.6 million, of which
$1.5 million has already been donated to the Pennsylvania Coalition
against Rape, a group that operates rape crisis centers across the state.
The Center for the Protection of Children will be based at Penn
State Hershey Children's Hospital and bring together clinicians,
scientists, legal scholars and educators. Its director, Dr. Andrea
Taroli, said the additional funding will help it get off the ground more