Though Jerry Sandusky was once known as a successful assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), in more recent years he’s been widely known as a serial rapist and molester. While he was the coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, he founded a nonprofit charity for underprivileged and at-risk youth. It was through this organization that he sexually abused more than 50 young boys from 1994 to 2009. You can see the full timeline here, but here are the biggest key points in the case:
Oct. 17, 2017
Actress Molly Ringwald writes an op-ed about the sexual harassment and abuse she suffered as a teenager.
Oct. 16, 2017
Actress America Ferrera opens up about her history of being sexually assaulted when she was 9 years old.
Oct. 15, 2017
Actress Alyssa Milano sparks “#MeToo” movement on Twitter, and it quickly goes viral with hundreds of thousands of others sharing their "Me too" stories.
Oct. 12, 2017
Actor James Van Der Beek tweeted about being assaulted by “older, powerful men” when he was a child star.
Oct. 5, 2017
Harvey Weinstein faces first public accusations of sexual harassment by actress Ashley Judd. Weinstein would later face at least 85 accusations.
Civil rights activist Tarana Burke first coins the term “Me Too” to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault in American society.
Dec. 20, 2017
Theater prodigy Gary Goddard is accused by seven men of sexually assaulting them when they were boys.
Nov. 9, 2017
An investigative piece is published in The Washington Post, detailing then-Senate nominee Roy Moore’s history of preying on underage girls.
Oct. 29, 2017
Actor Anthony Rapp publicly accuses Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when Rapp was 14.
Oct. 18, 2017
Gymnast McKayla Maroney accuses US Olympics doctor Lawrence Nassar of sexual assault; Nassar would later be found guilty on several counts of sexual abuse.