Last week, the seemingly inevitable happened. An alleged sexual abuse victim of Penn State’s former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky came forward and filed negligence lawsuits against Sandusky, Penn State and The Second Mile charity. Sandusky started the charity in 1977 and supposedly met many of his alleged victims through the program.
We mentioned in our previous personal injury post about this otherwise criminal case that it would really only be a matter of time until someone would sue for the injuries that his reported abuse has caused him. A 29-year-old is the man who filled that role as the first to seek damages for what he claims he endured as a young boy.
According to the civil lawsuit, filed last Tuesday in Philadelphia, the plaintiff alleges that he met Sandusky through the charity. The organization was meant to help disadvantaged children, but the plaintiff claims that help is not what he received. Instead, he reports that he was consistently sexually abused by the coach over a span of four years. In fact, he alleges that there were about 100 incidents of sexual abuse during that time.
This plaintiff is not one of the named sex abuse victims in the criminal cases filed against Sandusky. But due to the reports of the criminal charges and the victims involved who came forward, this personal injury plaintiff decided that he needed to speak out and seek justice as well.
Obviously, he is suing Sandusky for the alleged abuse, but the plaintiff is also suing the larger entities of the school and the charity because it’s believed that people involved saw signs of what was occurring between Sandusky and the kids but didn’t do enough to stop it. In total, he is reportedly seeking a minimum of $900,000 in damages.
The money wouldn’t give the plaintiff his childhood back, but it would possibly inspire the school and other organizations to take better care that their employees are not harming children.
Chicago Tribune: “First civil lawsuit filed against Sandusky,” Peter Hall and Andrew McGill, Nov. 30, 2011