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What is the scope of Penn State's Civil Liability?

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Do you believe that the University will accept responsibility and compensate the victims fairly? What do you believe is the civil liability of Penn State now that the Freeh Report has been released?

Appearing on Harrisburg's WITF lawyers representing some of Jerry Sandusky's victims are hailing the Freeh report as confirmation Penn State officials at the highest levels chose to protect their interests instead of stopping a child molester.

Central Pennsylvania Schmidt Kramer Attorney Terry Hyman represents a man who says he was raped by Sandusky in 2004 in a Penn State office, but was not part of the criminal case against the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator. He says his client has filed a civil lawsuit and simply wants vindication. "I don't mean that in the sense that he wants to put a sword in someone's heart. But, he wants vindication that what he's gone through is understood and recognized and that somebody takes responsibility for what happened," he says. "I think he would be satisfied with that." Both attorneys say their clients want to see changes made at Penn State to make sure something like what Jerry Sandusky did never happens again.

Attorney Joel Feller represents the young men known as victims three, seven and 10 in Sandusky's criminal case. He says it's difficult to digest the university had a chance to stop Sandusky as far back as 1998. But to Feller, Penn State's internal investigation, conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, can be seen as a road map of sorts for his clients. "With the filing of civil lawsuits, we have the ability to subpoena…we have the ability to take depositions under oath, to get even further into the trail of how long Penn State actually knew this horrific conduct was taking place," he says.