Former Penn State President Was Victim of Child Abuse


Graham Spanier, President of Penn State University

Graham Spanier, the former Penn State University president who stepped down in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, told ABC News that he was a victim of child abuse so severe that he required several surgeries to correct the damage.

The abuse he sustained at the hands of his father, a working class immigrant, began when he was a child and continued through his adolescence. Spanier said he has had four surgeries in his adulthood to correct problems with his breathing, face and head as a result of the injuries.

“It resulted in, of course, some emotional scarring, but also some substantial physical damage,” he said of the abuse.

 

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