First anti-child abuse grants from Penn State’s $48M issued

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The first round of grants is being awarded from a $48 million fund endowed by Penn State to combat child sexual abuse.
    
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency voted Wednesday to give 44 entities $3.4 million.
    
The money will expand child advocacy centers, improve access to trauma therapists and help people get counseling, among other things.
    
The university agreed to pay the money under a settlement with the NCAA over its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
    
A state law requires the money remain in Pennsylvania.
    
The commission says 93 applicants sought a total of $7 million. Those that aren’t funded can reapply.
    
Sandusky, the school’s former assistant football coach, is appealing after being sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for child molestation.

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