We’re learning more about what the victims of Jerry Sandusky suffered through, especially the boy called “Victim 1″ whose allegations way back in 2008 triggered the entire investigation.
18-year-old Aaron Fisher is speaking out publicly for the very first time and he tells a tale of basically being stalked by the former Penn State defensive coordinator.
Fisher courageously testified against Sandusky during his June trial on 52 charges of sex crimes against children.
Fisher first reported the abuse four years ago and, as USA Today reports, says that he along with the other victims “had a very long battle to see justice done.”
At one point Fisher cays he contemplated suicide because no one believed him and it took so long to bring Sandusky to justice.
“Here I am, beside my mom, crying, telling them and they don’t believe me,” he said in an interview with ABC’s Chris Cuomo airing on 20/20 tonight at 10 p.m. ET. “I knew they wouldn’t.”
Fisher tells Cuomo how he first met Sandusky in 2005, when he was 11, after he was invited to a summer camp for the coach’s charity, The Second Mile. Sandusky, a volunteer assistant coach at Fisher’s high school, told him he had a lot of potential as an athlete. Fisher began spending weekends at his home and that’s where the abuse began.
Sandusky would pull Fisher out of his class so the terrified boy would sometimes hide in the school bathroom. But that wouldn’t deter Sandusky. Fisher tells Cuomo of one time where he ran home with Sandusky chasing him in his car.
“He once followed my bus home from school. He told me to get in the car,” said Fisher. “I took off running. He drove on the opposite side of the street, onto oncoming traffic to catch up with me, and then I ran up an alley, he went to my house and parked out front. Yeah, it was that bad.”
Fisher says he doesn’t consider himself a victim. “Victim means people feel sympathy for you, I don’t want that, I would rather be somebody who did something good, like a hero or something.”
A hero indeed. Were it not for Fisher, who knows what kind of atrocities would still be underway? Sandusky was convicted in June and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for molesting 10 boys over a period of 15 years. That’s considered a life sentence for the 68-year-old. If he lasts that long. I hear those prison boys don’t take too kindly to child molesters.
You can see a portion of Fisher’s interview here where he recounts how hard it was to come forward and, when he finally did, his school principal let him and his mother down by telling them Jerry Sandusky wouldn’t do those things and to go home and think about it.
Aaron Fisher wrote a book with his psychologist and mother, Silent No More: Victim 1’s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky, that will be published next week.
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