D2L: Sandusky sentence helps victims move on

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of child sex abuse.

Lowcountry advocates of child sex abuse prevention believe the punishment is essentially a life sentence because of Sandusky's age. Still, they believe the length of his sentence is less important than what his punishment means for the victims.

"The important thing for us is that this closes a chapter on one part of this story," said Jolie Logan, president and CEO of Darkness to Light. "It's an opportunity for the healing to begin for those in that community and certainly for the victims."

Logan says the exposure of the Sandusky case has helped to increase the national dialogue about the issue of child sex abuse.

"People now know more than they did before the Sandusky case. They now know how prevalent this problem is and how it can happen anywhere and that it can happen to anyone," Logan said.