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Penn State / Sex Abuse Scandal #1011049

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 09, 2011
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(State College, Pennsylvania: Ron Allen) The growing sex abuse scandal at Penn State University involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky updated; details given about plans for head coach Joe Paterno’s exit, pressure on university president Graham Spanier†† to resign, the Justice Department’s investigation and the outrage over the culture of silence; Paterno’s statement quoted; scenes shown of a rally for Paterno and the “Paternoville” tent camp. [Player Paul JONES†, student Troy WELLER†- react.] [“Patriot News” Sara GANIM†- comments on the victims.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Anne Thompson) The parallels between the Penn State scandal and the priest sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church examined; details given about the code of silence and the cover-up. [In April 2010, sexual abuse attorney Paul MONES†- comments on the Boy Scouts case.] [“Boston Globe” Kevin CULLEN†- says the institution overrode the importance of taking care of children.] [Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests David CLOHESSY†- states society must come down on men who hide and ignore child sex crimes.] ["New York Times" Jonathan MAHLER†- says Paterno behaved like a coward.]

Williams, Brian;
Allen, Ron;
Thompson, Anne

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