Victims, others react to Penn State report

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Lawyers for some of Jerry Sandusky's victims say today's report from investigators who looked into Penn State's handling of the sex abuse allegations against him is "absolutely devastating" to the school.

The lawyers say the report shows that school officials "at the highest level" knew that Sandusky was preying on children, but chose to conceal it and to "protect themselves" instead of protecting children.

The report found that football coach Joe Paterno and other school officials hushed-up child sex abuse allegations against Sandusky more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity.

But Scott Paterno, the late coach's son, says Paterno reported the allegations against Sandusky to the right people -- and that there was "no intent to conceal" anything by Paterno.

An advocate for victims of sexual abuse says the report "confirms everybody's worst fears about what was going on there." Scott Berkowitz says officials at every college and university should be taking note of it, to make sure it doesn't happen elsewhere.

Pennsylvania's attorney general says the release of the report won't affect the continuing work of a grand jury, or the "ongoing criminal prosecutions."

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