Here's a roundup of initial reactions to the guilty verdicts in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case:
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly:
"One of the recurring themes of the witnesses' testimony is 'who would believe a kid?' The answer is, we here in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, would believe a kid."
"This is a ime that thrives in darkness ... where predators carefully seek the most vulnerable prey."
Joe Amendola, co-counsel for Sandusky:
"The Sandusky family is very disappointed by the verdict of the jury but we respect their verdict."
"We were trying to climb Mount Everest from the bottom of the mount. Obviously, we didn't make it."
"It was the expected outcome because of the overwhelming evidence against Jerry Sandusky."
Michael Boni, attorney for Victim #1:
"With the assistance of the counselor he was able to finally come out and tell the full story of what happened to him. But that took a long time."
Mother of Victim #6:
"Nobody wins... we've all lost."
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN):
"Today is a landmark day for survivors of sexual violence across the nation. This verdict shows the country that when allegations of such abuse are brought to light, they will be taken seriously and that a just outcome is possible."
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett:
"First, I want to thank the jury for their willingness to serve on such a difficult case. I also want to commend the multiple victims in this case who had the courage to come forward and testify in court, confronting Sandusky, and proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty of these reprehensible crimes."
"The agents and prosecutors of the Attorney General's Office, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police, also deserve a great deal of credit for today's verdict. They pursued every lead, gathering evidence from multiple victims, in order to bring this man to justice."
Karl Rominger, co-counsel for Sandusky:
"We knew whatever the jury's verdict was we would honor it. Jerry rose. I saw tears in his eyes."
Road to Recovery (a charity that assists survivors of sexual abuse):
"The jury of Sandusky's peers believed the victims and those who witnessed the crimes of a man who preyed on children for decades. We congratulate his adopted son for coming forward and exposing further sexual abuse by his stepfather. Victims have won tonight and abuse, cover-up, obfuscation, and deceit by Sandusky and the Penn State University community have been exposed."
From the Associated Press and wire reports.
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