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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