Giving Thanks for Lessons of Penn State Scandal

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Allegations against former Penn State football coach, Jerry Sandusky, have survivors of child abuse and child abuse advocates speaking out. Peter Pollard of Hatfield, Massachusetts is both a survivor and an advocate. He’s the Western Massachusetts Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests. And he’s the Training and Outreach Director for 1in6. 1in6 works with men who were abused in childhood. The non-profit group gets its name from the number of men researchers estimate are sexually abused before the age of 18. Pollard was motivated by the events of the past weeks to write this commentary.


Rev. Sarah Pirtle
Shelburne Falls, MA
Dec 16, 2011

I am very thankful for Peter Pollard’s commentary. His words help make the world a safer place for speaking out and validating the experiences of the millions of people who have been abused. I hope many people listen—people who themselves have directly experienced violence, people who want to be supportive and help break the silence, and people who have had to forget or deny painful memories. May this help build a broad community changing the stigma wrongfully put on survivors so that together we say no to violence in all forms.

Robby Berman
Dec 19, 2011

Mr. Pollard’s words were touching. His positive attitude towards change for himself and for others serves as an inspiration for us all.

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