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Abuse victim describes his fight for justice

Robin Shin

The book tells Fisher’s side of the Sandusky scandal, as well as his mother’s and psychologist’s.

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The most famous sports scandal in the past two decades was started with Aaron Fisher, better know as “victim 1.”

In the book “Silent No More: Victim 1’s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky,” Fisher tells his side of the story along with his mother Dawn Daniels and psychologist Mike Gillum.

Jerry Sandusky is a former assistant coach for Penn State football. He also founded The Second Mile in 1977, a non-profit charity serving Pennsylvanian under-privileged and at-risk youths.

After his retirement, Sandusky continued working with The Second Mile at Penn State even maintaining an office until 2011.

Jerry Sandusky was arrested earlier this year on 48 counts of child sexual abuse.  On June 22, 2012 a jury found him guilty of 45 of the 48 counts of child sexual abuse.

This book tells the untold story of an 11-year-old boy whose trust was betrayed as well as the community that often forgets that a pedophile isn’t always the creepy guy watching kids from a park bench, but can be the dad pushing a kid on the swings.

This book isn’t for the faint of heart or for those who would rather read an entertaining book.

This story is very unsettling, and I in no way enjoyed this book.

I love reading for fun to pass time and this is something I would only read because I like to know the whole story.

In a way, it’s like watching a “Law and Order: SVU” episode, but it being real.

The book talked about how Fisher’s mother was faced with a lot of criticism on how she didn’t know what was going on.

Sandusky was a “pillar of the community,” and a trusted, well-respected person. Daniels says she never even thought Sandusky was hurting her child and I believe her.

I in return, have a counter argument. Sandusky brought Aaron to his home where the majority of the sexual abuse took place over the three-year time period.

He would be with Fisher in his basement that had a TV, video games and a bed.

Fisher says that Sandusky’s wife Dottie was home every time he was over but never once came down in the basement.

I’m angered and disgusted by Sandusky, but his wife is just as guilty.

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” That quote by Albert Einstein has never been truer.

Then when Gillum goes into detail about the process of getting Sandusky arrested it was just shocking.

It took almost three years for an arrest because of who Sandusky was.   That is something that wasn’t publicized in the press.

I would recommend this book to people who have been, or know people affected by sexual abuse. Fisher’s goal is to encourage victims to tell people about sexual abuse.

This issue hits close to home with me, and that’s why after reading it I believe people who are close to victims should really consider reading this book.

It gave me insight on things I would never have considered. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it.

This book may not have been entertaining, but it was informative and made sexual abuse real and not something you see on “SVU.”

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