The Penn State Case, Sexual Abuse and Children

The Penn State Case, Sexual Abuse and Children

Two Penn State administrators face charges of failure to report alleged sexual abuse of boys. Legal requirements when abuse is suspected and what help is available for victims.

Pennsylvania's attorney general blasted Penn State University for failing to report suspected sexual abuse of young boys. The case has shaken the nation since the arrest over the weekend of the alleged molester, former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. He denies the charges. Two top administrators were also charged - with perjury and failure to report the allegations. For many it brings to mind painful episodes with the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America over their handling of allegations involving sexual abuse of children. Diane and her guests talk about the Penn State case, the responsibility of individuals and institutions and how to help young victims.

One place to go to for help: Childhelp's hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)


Sara Ganim

reporter, Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Jeffrey Rosen

professor of law at The George Washington University; legal affairs editor at The New Republic.

Nikki Sample

therapist and residential program coordinator at Childhelp's Alice C. Tyler Village, in Lignum, Virginia.

Frank Cervone

executive director, Support Center for Child Advocates.

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