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I thought I would test the Paterno's assertion that this was not about restoring Joe Paterno's legacy, but rather about raising awareness of child sexual abuse.

Both of Joe Paterno’s daughters said they were not trying to restore their father’s name. They wanted to do what was right.

“His legacy is his family and the players he reached out to over the years,” said Diana Paterno.

Mary Kay Paterno said her father would have wanted everyone to have the tools to know how to identify what happened to these children. She wanted people to be more aware of what happened and to learn from the incident so no other child has to ever go through it again.

[Joe] told his family that if there was any silver lining in the tragedy that took hold of the Penn State community, it was the awareness that would be brought to child sexual abuse.
So I sent a tweet to Scott Paterno asking him to R/T information on Tree Climbers - which he did:
Scott Paterno retweeted  
  Tree Climbers @4TreeClimbers  16h  
@ScottPaterno Another resource for survivors of childhood sexual abuse - Tree-Climbers Please R/T Thank You
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And then again this morning, he sent out a tweet on our behalf (as well as other organizations):
 Scott Paterno @ScottPaterno  2h  
Other groups at there as well like @4TreeClimbers - If you need info or help, these groups can do it.
View details ·  
  Scott Paterno @ScottPaterno  2h  
If you want more information about prevention & help, it can be found at,, &
View details ·  
Kudos to Scott Paterno for shining a light on childhood sexual abuse and promoting resources available to victims and survivors.  

Originally posted to TreeClimbers on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:04 AM PST.

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