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SNAP Blasts PA Governor Over Penn State Suit

SNAP blasts PA governor over Penn State suit

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

For immediate release January 2

Pennsylvania politicians who want the entire Penn State fine to be spent in Pennsylvania are being greedy. And anyone who wants to overturn the fine entirely is being short-sighted.

We suspect that Gov. Corbett is posturing to curry favor with Penn State staff and alums. At best, his lawsuit is frivolous. At worst, it threatens to delay or derail millions of dollars that would otherwise be devoted to protecting children.

At one level, Corbett sounds like a parochial member of Congress who just wants to “bring home the bacon” to his constituents. At another level, Corbett sounds like a misguided Penn State booster who can’t recognized that Jerry Sandusky essentially had the help of university staff in keeping his heinous child sex crimes secret.

Penn State officials have already promised that none of the fines will come from tax or tuition dollars. So Corbett’s claim that the fines may "have a devastating, long-lasting and irreparable effect on the state” seem disingenuous.

Besides, what’s the rationale for insisting that all the money be spent in Pennsylvania? At least some of the current and former Penn State staff, students and neighbors who saw, suspected, ignored, minimized or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups there aren’t now and won’t necessarily always live or work in the state.

To put it another way, Penn State attracts and recruits students and staff from everywhere. Penn State students and staff move everywhere. Penn State’s sports teams play everywhere. Kids who participated in Sandusky’s Second Mile likely live everywhere. (And we still don’t know how far reaching Sandusky’ crimes were.)

Finally, kids are vulnerable and victims are hurting everywhere.

There’s just no compelling reason for anyone to insist that Pennsylvania organizations get every nickel of this fine.

Finally, let’s be clear. Any central Pennsylvania businesses that have seen lower profits have been hurt by corrupt or self-serving Penn State officials - who ignored, minimized, concealed and enabled jerry Sandusky’s crimes - not by the NCAA.

"In the wake of this terrible scandal, Penn State was left to heal and clean up this tragedy that was created by the few," Corbett said. He neglects to mention, however, that “this terrible scandal” was, in fact, created by Penn State officials. That tragic fact should never be overlooked, and no one else should be scapegoated for it, least of all the NCAA.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com

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JS January 04, 2013 at 10:29 PM
The university agreed to play within the NCAA rules and reep the rewards of the NCAA organization - TV revenues for regular season and bowl games and whatever else is involved in the whole situation. For the governor to now come out and say the state wants to be involved in the sanctions of the football program is ridiculous. Penn State has collected all the proceeds of being a part of the NCAA (whether you agree with their policies or not) for many years. It's now time for them to pay the price for their allowance of a terrible crime within their organization. For the governor to get involved now, when he delayed prosecution for years while he was Attorney General, is just laughable.
Angry Bear January 04, 2013 at 10:32 PM
This has nothing to do with Penn State or trying to do the right thing and everything to do with "Corbett the Corrupt" trying to cover his "ASSets'.
MSgt. John DeLallo January 05, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Has anyone considered that Penn State agreed to NCAA's sanctions under duress? Do this, or we're pulling the plug on your football program. I believe that the NCAA, originally started under Teddy Roosevelt to resolve safety issues (mainly head injuries), has grown far too large, and lags well behind the realities of today. A kid loses a scholarship for selling a game jersey? Gimme a break. Sandusky's actions are intolerable, and he will likely die in prison. I'm still trying to play connect the dots with the SNAP reaction. Was Sandusky a pedophile priest? Mayhaps Holy Mother the Church is pissed off that Penn State may escape a draconian fine and other penalties, while the Archdiocese of Boston cannot. Sour grapes?
cc January 09, 2013 at 09:53 PM
They should of just suspended Penn State from playing football for a few years. The administration and coaches allowed Sandusky to molest children over the years. Wish Paterno would of lived to see his records taken away from him.
NE12Ukid January 09, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Angry Bear 5:32 pm on Friday, January 4, 2013 This has nothing to do with Penn State or trying to do the right thing and everything to do with "Corbett the Corrupt" trying to cover his "ASSets'. IMO you are so right, Corbett is just deflecting attention from his own part in this scandal.

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