Supporting Aaron Fisher

Today, I picked up a People magazine and read the article “I Am Victim Number One.” It was an article about Aaron Fisher, known as victim number one, of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.  He’s written a book, along with his mother and therapist, about what it was like to be sexually abused as a child.  Here’s the description of his book, from Amazon.

Victim 1, at fourteen years of age, spoke up against Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State scandal, and now for the first time tells his story.

Aaron Fisher was a eager and spirited eleven-year-old when legendary Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky recruited him into his Second Mile children’s charity. Offering support at a critical time in Aaron’s life, Sandusky gave him gifts and attention, winning the boy’s trust even as he isolated him from his family and peers. Before long, Sandusky’s attention escalated into sexual assault. When Aaron summoned the courage to speak up, he found himself ostracized and harassed by the very people who were supposed to protect him. The investigation set off by his coming forward would drag on for three years—and would launch the biggest scandal in the history of sports.

In Silent No More, Aaron Fisher recounts his harrowing quest to bring Sandusky’s crimes to light—from the intense feelings of guilt that kept him from speaking up earlier and the fear he felt at accusing a man who was a pillar of the community and a hero to the largest alumni network in the world, to the infuriating delays in the arrest and conviction of his abuser. He catalogs the devastating personal toll the case took on him: the shattered relationships, panic attacks, and betrayal of trust that continued to haunt him even after the charges went public in the fall of 2011. But he also speaks of his mother’s desperate efforts to get him out of harm’s way, the invaluable help of psychologist Michael Gillum, and the vindication he felt at inspiring numerous other victims to step forward . . . and at knowing that, thanks to him, there would be no future victims of Jerry Sandusky.

In the end, Aaron Fisher won his fight to expose the truth, achieving some measure of closure. Told in the honest and unforgettable voices of Aaron; his mother, Dawn; and his psychologist, Mike, this inspiring book completes Aaron’s transformation from a nameless casualty into a resounding voice for change.

I just feel so terrible for all those who were abused, and cannot believe all that evil went on behind closed doors.  Let’s keep praying for these victims, let’s listen to their stories, and let’s hope this new book prevents any other sick-pedophiles from destroying families the way Sandusky did.  Also, I so appreciate Aaron’s amazing courage in bringing down this monster.  Buy the book, hug your kids, and let’s pray that the people who are responsible for this are brought to justice.

Buy “Silent No More: Victim 1′s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky” by Aaron Fisher, with Michael Gillum and Dawn Daniels.

Also, watch the interview Aaron Fisher gave to Chris Cuomo on 20/20:

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  • Anomynous

    I used to live there in State College. I lived there when I was 13 to 15. And i’m interested in this.

  • Sheila

    Sure is quiet around here. Guess everyone’s at Chick Fil A.

  • Summer Ball

    Someone close to me was sexually abused by a neighbor when they were a child. I think that I might purchase this book and pass it to that person. I know that they would benefit from reading it. Unfortunately, the person that I know did not tell anyone until they were an adult and their abuser was long gone. I have seen the damage that this abuse causes individuals and their families. It is something that affects them for there entire lives. I agree that we should pray for these victims and their families. We should be supportive and greet these victim with open arms because they often suffer from guilt, anxiety, fear and have difficulty with social interaction.

  • Sheila