CONTACT: Anne Nicholas
June 23, 2012--
We are pleased that the jury in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Gerald A. Sandusky case returned a verdict that affirms the testimony of victims, who bravely came forward to confront their abuser in a court of law.
In cases of serial pedophilia, we know that there are often many victims that do not come forward out of fear, shame or embarrassment. Now that justice has been served in this case, we hope that other victims will be encouraged to come forward to report crimes committed against them.
As they do, we need to offer our support and encouragement. For victims everywhere-- particularly victims of child sexual abuse--we must begin by believing.
Sources for media reporting on the Sandusky trial:
Mai Fernandez, Executive Director, National Center for Victims of Crime
Jeff Dion, child sexual abuse survivor and Director, National Crime Victim Bar Association
Additional experts and survivors are available for interviews upon request.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.