More aid for child sex-abuse victims

WEST CHESTER Some of the funds from the Penn State endowment set up as a penalty to the school after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal are to go to aid child sexual-assault victims.

Of the $3.4 million in grant money distributed across the state, $45,000 is to go to the Crime Victims Center of Chester County, Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) said Thursday.

"We continue to work to ensure that some good can come from these heinous crimes," Dinniman said.

The money is to be used to open two drop-in centers, in New Garden and West Grove Townships. Five counselor/advocates and two bilingual victim advocates are to be available to assist victims of child sexual abuse, Dinniman said.

The Crime Victims Center will also add child support groups to its children's program.

The money, approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, came from $48 million in penalties imposed on the school by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and deposited in an endowment to use over time for helping child sex-abuse victims. - Justine McDaniel