The following is a narrative and critique of the Gerald A. Sandusky child sexual abuse
scandal at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). Using a convenience sample of
regional and national media accounts, this manuscript summarizes the confirmed events of
the Penn State sexual abuse controversy. This case study focuses on a) the child sexual
abuse of three victims, b) the Penn State athletic department and university responses, and
c) the interactions between Penn State and state and local child welfare systems.