August 16th, 2012
02:21 AM ET

Penn State to host sex abuse conference

In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, embattled Penn State University is hosting a sexual abuse conference and says boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Elizabeth Smart will give speeches.

The conference will be held on October 29 and 30 and comes after the well-publicized scandal that culminated with the conviction of Sandusky, a former assistant Penn State football coach on multiple charges of sexual abuse of young boys.

"Over the last nine months, Penn State has made a commitment to becoming a leader in the research, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse, and we have taken a number of steps to ensure that our communities are safer," Penn State President Rodney Erickson, said in a message promoting the conference.

Leonard, a boxing icon, is known for his lightning fast hands, legendary fights and recently for his role in several reality television shows. But last year in his autobiography, Leonard delivered the surprising admission that early in his career he was sexually abused by an unnamed Olympic boxing coach.

Smart made headlines in 2002 when she was kidnapped from her Utah home at age 14 and held captive for nine months. Her kidnapping stunned the nation, and the media covered the monthslong search to find her. Her abductor, Brian David Mitchell, sexually abused her during her time in captivity, and is serving life in prison for the kidnapping and assault.

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  1. Philip

    I for one would like to hear what Mrs. Dottie "Dot" Sandusky has to say concerning her husband and others (like herself) who became romantically linked with young men and boys over the past 20 years.
    And I would have no problem with her being waterboarded for intel if she refused to divulge everything she knows.
    Those suspected of 9/11 are routinely waterboarded. Foreign terrorists can only dream of terrorizing young men and boys on the scale that our own citizens do.
    Waterboard suspected boy raypers and their accomplices if they do not come forward with EVERYTHING they know. ty

    August 16, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba Zannetti

      What? Not getting any of your random connections.

      August 21, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    For all intents and purposes, I would hope PS accomplishes a real impact on this issue not only in the athletic arena, but our churches, and BS. The MO of all is so similar that the cracks in each system is very clear. Just off the top of my head: The raypist being able to jump from congregation to congregation (church) from chapter to chaper (BS, and finally from school to school (education sysytem). The enablers areat the root in which to bring this horrific crime to extintion solution in Extinction.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Sorry, shoulda read "Maybe Dottie could console herself..."

    August 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Ya know @ Mary, for all your attempt to preach the word of GOD, you are only succeeding in making your self look ridiculous! Whys that you say? Because YOU my dear, dont practise one word of it!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Unity@ St Mary's

    REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO HUMAN RESOURCES......

    August 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    NOT all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to him as the LORD but they still wont enter the Kingdom of Heaven. On judgement day many will tell him Lord, Lord, we phrophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and (tbc)

    August 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    (cont) performed many miracles in your name. But he will reply, *I never knew you. Go away, the things you did were unauthorized.*Mathew 7:2l-23

    August 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. malasangre

    two weeks now and not one mention on CNN of the witness interview by the feds about Sandusky and a "well known booster" raping boys on a private plane. what editor is in the bag on this?

    August 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil Rinaca

      Why no answer? Stay on this one please!

      August 26, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phil Rinaca

    I would like to speak at the conference but I would be stopped because I would blast those who had knowledge of Sandusky's actions for years. Believe me, the kind of things he was doing are things word spreads rapidly on. Those at the top who were aware of Sandusky's filth should be bounced out on their heads!

    August 25, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Phil Rinaca

    My very strong feelings are Dottie new full well what was going on for years! How could she not have? Why was he in the basement with boys so often? Why were beds in the basement? On it goes.

    August 26, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |