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LACASA Hosts ‘Happy Valley’ Film April 14

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Film Premiere Sponsored by the 1st National Bank Service Club

“Happy Valley” Documentary

Film & Discussion

LACASA Center and members of the First National Bank Service Club present the county-wide premiere of “Happy Valley” at the Historic Howell Theater.

This documentary is being shown in April to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“Happy Valley,” an award-winning film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, observes the year following the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal and the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, Penn State’s assistant football coach.

This tragic tale explores who failed the children of “Happy Valley,” and addresses issues surrounding child abuse and child sexual abuse. A panel discussion will follow the Thursday evening showing.

Thursday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.

Historic Howell Theater

DISCUSSION: Please join us following the film for a facilitated group discussion, which will address what LACASA Center is doing to help prevent child abuse in our community and how you can help.

Tickets available online now at:

General Admission: $8    Students/Seniors: $7

Additional Showings
Saturday 4 pm & 7 pm    Sunday 4 pm & 7 pm

Many thanks to our event sponsor:


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Joe Paterno

historic howell theaterFILM SYNOPSIS: The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school’s storied football team. His program was lauded for not only its success on the field but also its students’ achievements in the classroom. And Paterno took on mythic national stature as “Saint Joe.” But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Was Sandusky’s abuse an “open secret” in the town? Did Coach Paterno and the Penn State administration value their football program more than the lives of Sandusky’s victims? Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky’s arrest as key players in the scandal agreed to share their stories, Happy Valley deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale.


LACASA Staff Insight

Why Children Don’t Tell: Sandusky case sheds light on complexities of child sexual abuse

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is updated regularly in the footnote section, which provides links to ongoing news about the Penn State Scandal and its aftermath. By Robin L. O’Grady with Nicole Matthews-Creech The conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky captured the nation’s attention and cast a spotlight on an endless question: […]