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4:14 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State-style sex abuse commonplace, psychologically devastating

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This week, Penn State University fired both its legendary football coach and its president for keeping quiet about a sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. The assistant coach is accused of molesting eight boys over a 15-year period. And for years, it went unreported. Penn State is a high-profile case, but Lynn Huylar, who heads a children’s advocacy center in Cheyenne, says what happened there is typical of abuse cases everywhere. She says usually, the perpetrator isn’t a stranger, but rather someone the child knows very well.