Agency issues first round of grants from Penn State’s $48M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The first round of grants is being awarded from a $48 million fund endowed by Penn State to battle 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 in underserved areas, among other things.

The university agreed to pay the money under a settlement with the NCAA over 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 longtime defensive football coach, is appealing after being sentenced to more than 30 years for child molestation.

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