KC Penn Staters Help Child Advocacy Group

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- As the sexual abuse scandal rages in Pennsylvania, Penn State graduates are trying to help prevent future cases of child abuse.

The Kansas City chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association has made a donation to an Independence-based child advocate group.

The group is called CAPA, which stands for Child Abuse Prevention Association. Its mission is basic and direct -- prevent children from being abused and neglected.

The K-C chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association donated an undisclosed amount of money to that advocacy group in late 2011, just as details of this scandal were reaching the public.

Jeanetta Issa manages that group and their efforts to help local kids. She says one out of every three girls and one out of every five to seven boys will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday. Issa also adds that one out of every five American children will be solicited for sex on the internet.

She says the donation from Penn State locals in Kansas City comes as a welcome surprise.

"They were just like everyone. They were shocked and disappointed and dismayed," Issa said, when asked about local Penn State supporters.

"A lot of people don't want to believe that (sexual abuse) is ever going to happen. In particular, by someone that's so well-known and respected and loved. Unfortunately, we see that not only in that organization, but in families, organizations and different places where abuse actually occurs,

Issa says the donated money will be allocated toward education of young people, in hopes to avoid future cases of sexual abuse. She did not disclose the amount of the donation.

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