Aaron Fisher, a college-bound Pennsylvania teen who says he was victimized by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, has gone public, saying he hopes to inspire other abuse victims to come forward, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Fisher, known previously only as “Victim 1,” spoke to ABC’s 20/20 and People magazine to publicize his new book, Silent No More: Victim 1’s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky.
“Saying sexual abuse has happened was hard,” he told the magazine. “But I wanted to help people see that it is better to come forward and tell somebody than to be silent.” Sandusky, 68, was sentenced last week to at least 30 years in prison for the serial molestation of 10 boys he met through his charity the Second Mile. He has maintained his innocence, and yesterday, his attorneys asked a judge to throw out his conviction. Often choking back tears, Fisher described meeting Sandusky at age 11 at a Second Mile camp and the relationship that quickly grew between them. Sandusky began as an “all-natural father figure,” he told ABC. The teen’s overnight stays at the coach’s home quickly developed to inappropriate touching and oral sex.