Topic: the center for the protection of children
Penn State has infused more than $1.1 million into its newly established Center for the Protection of Children, based at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. That figure is more than twice the amount promised in December, when creation of the center was announced. The University also donated $1.5 million in December to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).
Since I was appointed president nearly six weeks ago, I have received thousands of letters and emails from individuals across the University and around the world. These notes run the gamut from strong support to questions to suggestions to dissatisfaction with my decisions or the pace of our progress. I appreciate all of the input — I value your opinions and I am committed to listening to your concerns. We weigh many factors in our decision-making process, and your feedback is important.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson sent a letter of support and cooperation to Sen. Robert Casey on Monday, Dec. 12, a day in advance of a Senate hearing on protecting children from abuse and neglect.
"We at Penn State share your deep concerns about this issue, and for all the victims of child abuse," Erickson said. "We understand that the sexual abuse allegations at Penn State have brought about a renewed focus on how to confront the problem of abuse. We agree with you that the abuse of children in any form is terribly wrong."