Child advocacy centers getting Sandusky fine money this fall

Written by Ben Allen and WESA | Jun 25, 2015 3:08 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- Child advocacy centers across the state will get millions of dollars this fall as part of Penn State's fine for its role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will distribute the $48 million, but only half can be released in the first five years.

Josh Shapiro, commission chairman, says child advocacy centers really help families.

"You have the district attorney's office, you have county child advocates, you have other supporters of these children and people involved in the law enforcement process working together to make that child as comfortable as possible amidst an unbelievably difficult circumstances," he says.

At each facility, abuse complaints are heard and addressed in a safe environment.

They're designed to reduce the trauma associated with abuse and promote recovery.

"Pennsylvania, unfortunately, only has 23 accredited and associated child advocacy centers. I say unfortunately not because of any fault of those 23, but because we have 67 counties in Pennsylvania. We need more child advocacy centers," adds Shapiro.

In the midstate, they are located in Adams, Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster and York counties.

Other groups will also be eligible for the money.

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