There is probably not a person in the country who hasn't been affected in some way by the horrific acts for which Jerry Sandusky was convicted. The horror of his depraved actions has sent shockwaves not only through the Penn State community but through the country at large. More importantly, however, is the damage done to the victims.
In a week and a half, I am undertaking to run the New York City Marathon and I would like to give it some meaning by running on behalf of the children who were abused by "him" as well as other child victims of abuse. Please join me in this effort.
A little about me:
I have been Penn State proud since I was a freshman in 1989. I graduated Penn State in December of 1992, met my husband at Penn State during my freshman year outside of Simmons Hall, got married at the Nittany Lion inn -- I lived and breathed Penn State for over 20 years.
Since November 2011, I feel sorrow when I think of Penn State and the things that occurred on "my" campus. This will be my 7th (and last) NYC Marathon -- my first one was in 1991, a junior at Penn State.
A little about RAINN:
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Thank you for your time, attention and support.