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PSU to make first payment of $60M fine Dec. 20

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Penn State University is about to pay its first installment of the $60 million fine issued by the NCAA. The money will combat child sex abuse.

The NCAA said Penn State has to pay the first installment of $12 million by December 20. The money will be put into an endowment fund that will eventually help victims of child sexual abuse. The $12 million annual payments are roughly equivalent to the annual surplus from Penn State's athletic programs.

The logistics of the endowment are still in the works, but a Child Sexual Abuse Endowment Task Force will iron out the details.

Kristen Houser, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, said the task force does not know yet when, how, or to whom that money will be allocated. But the task force wants to make sure the money is used for two specific services.

The first service is enhancing current rape crisis programs. Houser said Pennsylvania has not seen an increase in funding for those services for almost 12 years and federal dollars have been cut several times.

The second service the task force would like to allocate funds to is prevention.

The task force plans to make recommendations to the NCAA for approval early next year.

Houser said the task force is on the right track.

"We want to make sure that wherever the funds are invested, that it's being done in a smart way where they will have a lasting impact both for intervention as well as prevention services," Houser said.

The NCAA would like the money to be distributed across the country, but want at least 25 percent of the funds to stay in Pennsylvania.

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