As we all know, Penn State is being shaken to its core by an alleged child sex-abuse scandal the likes of which has never been seen in a major university. Understandably, the reverberation of the scandal has been felt well beyond those directly involved in the alleged crimes and possible cover-up to the tens of thousands of current students, thousands of faculty and employees, and hundreds of thousands of alumni.
The most important people affected by the scandal, of course, are the victims.
With that understanding, a grassroots network of Penn State alumni has organized with the goal of collecting $500,000 dollars to donate to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, through the #ProudPSUforRAINN campaign. Remarkably, more than $430,000 has already been collected.
The money collected is going to directly benefit RAINN’s prevention and education initiatives and provide support for those affected by sex-abuse crime through the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, according to information on RAINNs Web site.
There are a number of ways to contribute to the cause, including direct cash contributions, the purchase of shirts intended to raise awareness of RAINN’s causes, or organizing your own Penn State/RAINN fundraising event.
The campaign was started, in part, because “We are tired of feeling helpless in this situation and are compelled to do our part by mobilizing the Penn State fan base–alumni, students, and college sports fans–to ensure that something like this never happens again–anywhere,“according to the Proud to Be a Penn Stater Web site.
With the number of potential victims and the scope of the cover-up–if there was one–from administration officials yet to be determined, it’s going to be years before life at Penn State returns to its normal bucolic state. That’s why it’s good to see that so many at Penn State have taken steps to regain their pride through a commitment to helping victims of sexual abuse while recognizing the problems that exist.
There is still something to be proud of at Penn State.
(Image from OnwardState.com)