Saturday 20 January 2018

I cried for coach's abuse victims, says Sugar Ray

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Retired boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard said he wept for Jerry Sandusky's accusers after hearing of the former Penn State assistant football coach's arrest on child sex abuse charges nearly a year ago.

The boxer, who is an abuse survivor himself, said he hopes the accusers can draw from his own story and willingness to speak out.

"What I had heard about Penn State -- I cried for those victims," Leonard said at Penn State's inaugural Child Sexual Abuse Conference. "Because I knew what they'd dealt with, what they lived with . . . it's such an awful thing that eats away at you, that makes you feel that you're to blame."

Sandusky (68) was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison earlier this month after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts covering abuse allegations both on and off campus. Eight accusers testified at the trial.

Penn State hopes to become a leader in the research, treatment and prevention of child sex abuse.

Irish Independent

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