PA--Victims disappointed over Sandusky pension decision

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec.  16, 2015

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790[email protected])

We’re disappointed that state officials are not appealing the decision that gives convicted serial child predator Jerry Sandusky a generous pension.

Any time a child molester wins in court or gets special treatment or is publicly honored or benefits after conviction, it’s hurtful to thousands of men and women who were sexually assaulted as kids. It reinforces their mistrust of the justice system and it deters victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from reporting known or suspected child sex crimes.

We would stress to Sandusky’s victims however, that they can heal regardless of what happens to Sandusky. We urge these brave young men to stay focused on their own recovery. And we urge anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered Sandusky’s crimes or Penn State’s complicity to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and deter cover ups.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected][email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747[email protected])


State won't appeal ruling giving Jerry Sandusky back pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's large public-sector pension system isn't appealing a court order restoring state retirement benefits to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.  

A State Employees' Retirement System spokesman says Tuesday that the agency plans to work with Sandusky's lawyers to  . . . 

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