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Lowcountry group heads north to help

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By Victoria Hansen
vhansen@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston will pack up some of its most valuable lessons and take them on the road to Penn State this weekend. This after students there asked a local nonprofit to help shed some light on a very dark situation.

"Darkness to Light," as it's called, teaches people how to spot, stop and react to child sex abuse. Now, Penn State students and alumni want to learn in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The former assistant football coach was convicted of sexually abusing several boys. 

"What we've seen play out because of the Sandusky is that this could happen in our community," said Doug Warner, the director of development for D2L. "And so places like YMCAs, faith centers, etc., are all saying we need to make sure the children in our area are protected from the issue."

The school plans to hold a walk Sunday afternoon to raise money for Darkness to Light training in their community.

Local Penn State alumnus Paul Vannatta will hit the road as well.

"If you saw the first game, the football players wore ribbons on their helmets in honor of the victims," said Vannatta. "I think its an ongoing thing that the Penn State students and alumni will be doing. I can see it continuing on forever."

Some 5,000 students and alumni are expected to take part this weekend in what is hoped to be an annual event. The cost for the walk is $15, with all of the money staying in the State College, Penn., area.

To find out more on how you can donate, or get involved, go to www.d2l.org.

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