Nov 16, 2011

Penn State station confronts scandal with live program on child sexual abuse

In response to the recent scandal in its university athletic department, in which a former assistant coach has been accused of sexually abusing multiple boys over 15 years, Penn State Public Broadcasting is producing a special live one-hour interactive program, Confronting Child Sexual Abuse, at 9 p.m. Eastern Thursday (Nov. 17) on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM as well as WHYY. It will also be simulcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and streamed online.  Host Patty Satalia will moderate a panel including Lucy Johnston-Walsh, supervising attorney for the Children’s Advocacy Clinic of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law; David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire; Pamela G. McCloskey, a licensed psychologist; and Matt Bodenschatz, a survivor of child sexual abuse. Volunteers from the local Centre County Women’s Resource Center also will be available "to talk one-on-one if parents or others have more immediate concerns about child sexual abuse," the station said in a press release.

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