The president of a New Jersey-based charity that assists sexual abuse victims will speak today at Beaver Stadium, at the former site of the Joe Paterno statue.
The speaker, Robert Hoatson, co-founder and president of Road to Recovery Inc., is calling for more severe penalties against Penn State and for the construction of a national memorial to sexual abuse victims at the statue's former location.
In a release, the organization said it represents a previously unknown victim of former Penn State coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
The new alleged victim, referred to in a press release as John Doe, says he met Sandusky “many years ago” while he attended a summer camp.
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He is currently incarcerated in a Massachusetts state prison “for serious crimes,” and is set for release in August, according to the statement.
Sandusky was convicted in June of meeting young boys through his charity, The Second Mile, and sexually abusing them, sometimes on the Penn State campus.
Sandusky’s conviction and the Louis Freeh report, which condemned top university officials for allegedly covering up the abuse, led to unprecedented NCAA sanctions levied Monday against the university.
In the release, the group said the sanctions “didn’t go far enough.”
Hoatson’s organization called for Penn State to suspend its football program, and to not accept revenue from football games and its Big Ten television contract.
The group also called for the construction of a sexual abuse victims memorial, and said Beaver Stadium should be used for concerts to raise money for victims and advocacy.
Hoatson plans to speak at 2:30 p.m. today on the sidewalk at the former statue site.