CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. The jury of seven women and five men, including nine with ties to Penn State, deliberated more than 20 hours over two days.
Darkness to Light is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse by shifting the responsibility from children to adults.
Following the verdict of one of the country's most notorious convicted child molesters, the organization released the following statement:
"First, we would like to say that we are happy that justice has been served. We applaud the courage of the survivors who came forward to see that Jerry Sandusky pays for the crimes he committed. By sharing their painful story with the world, these men ensured that other children would be saved from this predator. That courage has been rewarded with this decision.
Now that we know
Sandusky's fate, we hope the victims and their families, the Centre County
community and the nation can move forward with healing.
This tragedy put a major social problem in the spotlight. Child sexual abuse touches too many lives and too many communities. We need to turn this moment in time into a real opportunity to increase awareness about the issue and prevent future injustice against children. We need every parent, caregiver, teacher, coach – every responsible adult – to be a better protector of children. We must insist on policies at the community and institutional levels to ensure that we keep the children in our lives safe.
The time to act is now. We owe it to Sandusky's victims and to all victims. Visit www.D2L.org to learn what you can do to prevent child sexual abuse."