Penn State University is praising the victims who testified against Jerry Sandusky, who coached at the school from 1969 to 1999 before he retired.

The school also says in a statement released Friday evening that it plans to invite victims of Sandusky's abuse to participate in a private program to address their concerns and compensate them for claims related to the school.

The school says it has a "steadfast commitment to pursuing the truth regarding" Sandusky's actions and to making its campus safe for children.

The school is in the midst of an investigation by ex-FBI director Louis Freeh who was hired by Penn State's board of trustees to conduct an internal investigation in which 400 people have been interviewed.

His report could be released in August.

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