Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Child advocacy group recognizes effort to keep fine in state

State Treasurer Rob McCord and Senator Jake Corman.
State Treasurer Rob McCord and Senator Jake Corman.

Just 10 days after announcing the settlement of their lawsuit with the NCAA, state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord are being recognized for it.

The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance announced Monday that the two had been selected as “Partners for Change” and would be featured speakers at the group’s annual breakfast April 1, the first day of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Corman and McCord sued the NCAA and Penn State over enforcement of the Endowment Act, Corman’s legislation aimed at keeping the Sandusky scandal fine money in Pennsylvania.

With the settlement, $48 million will go to the state for child sex abuse programs. An additional $12 million will go to related research at Penn State, totaling the $60 million called for by the original NCAA penalty.

“We really feel like they took on a pretty significant challenge and did it for all the right reasons,” PFSA President Angela Liddle said. “The reality is that it is only through education, awareness and strong programs that we are going to make progress on these issues, and there are never enough resources.”

Liddle noted that PFSA had selected the state leaders for the honor before knowing the outcome of the NCAA litigation.

“While we did not know at the time whether their lawsuit would prevail, PFSA wanted to publicly commend Sen. Corman and Treasurer McCord for being tenacious ambassadors for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents, our children,” Liddle said in a release. “Their efforts in this lawsuit reinforced PFSA’s mission of protecting Pennsylvania’s children.”

“I am honored to be recognized by the PFSA for our efforts to ensure the $60 million payment by Penn State stays in Pennsylvania to help protect our children,” Corman said. “This money will go a long way toward assisting children who have been victims of abuse while helping communities across the state recognize how these predators operate out in open.