Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Letters of support delivered to alleged Sandusky victims

More than 80 messages of support written to the young men who allege Jerry Sandusky abused them will be delivered to them through their attorneys.

The messages were part of a letter-writing campaign called Voices4Victims started by Penn State students last month.

The letters were dropped off Friday at the downtown State College law office of Andrew Shubin, who with Justine Andronici represents multiple alleged victims in the case.

Shubin and Andronici will distribute the letters to the attorneys of the young men. They were thankful for the support.

“It was really touching and very significant,” Shubin said Sunday.

The messages consisted of handwritten and typed letters, emails and cards.

The idea was that of Matt Bodenschatz, a 38-year-old Penn State undergraduate who was abused by a neighbor when he was growing up. He said he wanted the letters to help redirect the focus of the Sandusky case to the young men who are the alleged victims.

“These incredibly brave young men continue to need our support, thanks and encouragement,” Bodenschatz said. “We are here to facilitate that support now, through the upcoming trial and beyond.”

Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, is bound by a gag order not to comment to the media, but Sandusky has maintained his innocence.

His trial is scheduled to start with jury selection on June 5, although there’s an outstanding motion by Amendola to delay the start of trial.

Bodenschatz said the messages came from the local community, throughout the United States and even as far away as Canada and Croatia.

People can show support by writing to Voices4Victims or Voices4Victims, 1637B N. Atherton St., P.O. Box 181, State College, PA 16803. Find them on Facebook at Victims.

Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDawsonCDT