Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky

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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 an 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 ...

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Overview

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 an 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345544162
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 586,328
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Fisher plans to attend college after high school and someday become a Pennsylvania state trooper. Along with Mike Gillum, Aaron intends to tour various schools on behalf of the Let Go . . . Let Peace Come In Foundation, helping to educate children, teachers, and parents about the nature of child sexual abuse and its prevention. He lives in Pennsylvania.
 
Mike Gillum, M.A., is a licensed psychologist and a specialist in child abuse, sexual abuse, and other criminal behavior. The recipient of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s 2012 Psychology in the Media Award, he offers his expertise as a consultant throughout the state for law enforcement, county courts, school districts, and human service agencies, including children and youth services. He is on the board of directors of the Let Go . . . Let Peace Come In Foundation, which supports victims of child sexual abuse. He lives with his wife and children in Pennsylvania.

Dawn Daniels
is a fundraiser in her school district, working with local sports teams and cheerleading squads. She lives in Pennsylvania with her three children.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Conviction Aaron xi

Part I The Crime

1 What I Wish I'd Known Then Dawn 3

2 Meeting the Monster Aaron 15

3 Killers of the Soul Mike 23

4 The Taking of Innocence Aaron 28

5 It Doesn't Matter Who He Is Dawn 34

6 Crying for Help Aaron 45

7 Too Little, Too Late Dawn 51

8 No One Believes Me Aaron 58

9 How Do You Mend a Broken Boy? Mike 61

10 Trying to Trust Aaron 70

11 The Writing on the Wall Mike 74

Part II Building the Case

12 Chains of Command Mike 81

13 All the State's Men and Women Mike 93

14 Defense Tactics Mike 100

15 Nightmares Aaron 103

16 Everything Changes Mike Aaron 106

17 The First Grand Jury Aaron Mike 113

18 Wiretap Mike 122

19 Conspiracy Theories Mike 127

20 Conversion Syndrome Mike 134

21 Hitting a Tree Aaron Dawn 141

22 The Boy in the Shower Mike 147

23 Round Three Mike Aaron 151

24 Going the Distance Mike 156

25 The Arrest Aaron Dawn Mike 160

26 The Walls Come Down Mike Aaron 166

27 Enter Joe McGettigan Mike 174

Part III Justice

28 Getting Ready to Go Aaron Mike 183

29 Testimony Aaron Dawn Mike 192

30 The Verdict Mike 199

Epilogue Mike Aaron 203

Afterword Mike 211

Acknowledgments 219

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

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    This was a "wow" book. Could not believe the extent some people would go to cover up. Yes, this was the "almighty" Jerry Sandusky, but the pedestal underneath him crumbled and he is finally where he should be. I would say that his wife had to know what was going on, because it went on for so long underneath her roof. But you can always play deaf and dumb and hope it will all go away. Once a pedophile always a pedophile. My heart goes out to the victims, what they had to endure to finally bring justice. I watched the drama play out on TV and Sandusky always had a smirky smile on his face except when he was finally being led in schackles to his final
    destination. I think thats when it finally sank in, I got caught.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    My Heart Goes out to these Brave men who were able to tell the truth.

    Aaron Fisher is a brave young man. Shame on the mandatory reporters who didn't do their job. For some reason this is happening to children more and more today. Sandusky is a demented pedophile who still believes he did nothing wrong! I wish all of these young men success and peace in their lives. They deserve a medal for putting that disgusting man in prison. While these books can be hard to read we need to be aware of the grooming techniques pedophiles use to damage our children and grandchildren. Read this book you'll never forget it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Sometimes the truth really hurts

    I know that countless sexually abused children never tell... thank you for your courage Aaron and for speaking up when others have yet to find their voice!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Sq Swift Justice

    I am relieved to know that Sandusky will never see the light if day again That he will live out his days behind bars I did want to know more about the cover up by Penn State and I do believe Paterno went to his grave knowing that for years they were harboring a pedofile

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Amazingly put together

    A true story that is put together great.could only wish it wasnt true for these guys.things like this should never happen to people let alone kids.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

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    Anthropologist Margaret Meade said that society is always change

    Anthropologist Margaret Meade said that society is always changed by the efforts of a very few - a courageous few who dare to challenge the powerful and the smug.

    Congratulations to Aaron, his mother, Dawn and Mike Gillum (M.A.) for their critically important collaboration to share this story which can help millions of frightened victims to begin to confront too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Great Book

    Awesome book! Way to stand your groung and persevere, Aaron. Recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Sandusky

    How dare Sandusky take poor, helpless Aaron, not knowing how incredibly wrong it was that Sandusky abused him, and commit sex abuse? It makes me so angry anyone would ever put their hands on that child unless they had the right. I am glad to know Sandusky will live out the rest of his days behind bars. Click "yes" if you agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Aaron

    Anything just pick if you could do anything oh what are your character trsits

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Good luck Aaron and other victims.

    Aaron, i cannot get over the amazement i feel with your courage to come forth and tell the world who you are and what happened. I admire your courage and also your mother and mike for their continual support throughout this entire trial. I hope that one day you will be better and happier. Good luck with your career as whatever you become and i hope you achieve your goals and dreams!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Great Book!

    Aaron was so brave. It makes me sick to my stomach to know there was so much covered over, just to protect that school. My nephew attended that school and graduated from there in 2006. Sad, so very sad. Great book. Aaron saved a lot of young men. Shame on Penn State. UNBELIVEABLE Story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    THIS IS A FANTASTIC BOOK BECAUSE IT SHOWS THE SIDE OF ABUSE WHIC

    THIS IS A FANTASTIC BOOK BECAUSE IT SHOWS THE SIDE OF ABUSE WHICH HAS BEEN HIDDEN FOR YEARS IN SOCIETY. AS A VICTIM OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE I SALUTE AAROn FOR COMING FORWARDN AND WISH I HAD HAD THE COURAGE TO COME FORDWARD WHEN I WAS A VICTIM.. I AM 74 YEARS OLD AND IN THE PAST YEAR ADMITTED TO A THERAPIST AND MY WIFE WHAT HAPPENED TO ME SO MANY YEARS AGO. wHAT A GREAT RELIEF TO TALK ABOUT THE SHAME I FELT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING WHICH WAS NOT MT FAULT.AARON FISHER WHAT A GREAT SERVICCE YOU HAVE DONE FOR MANKIND WITH THIS BOOK.
    MAY THE WHOMEVER BLESS YOU.
    PAUL WEBER

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Good Book

    The book was very moving Aaron does NOT want sympathy, he wants people to understand what happened to him,& that the system needs to change. It is so sad that his story was NOT enough to persue the case against Jerry Sandusky How many boys would NOT have been hurt, if Aaron's complaint had been checked out. I hate the thought that children are molested because the men are important & therefore the young kids are NOT believed, because the men that harm them are well connected in the community
    I hope that this book will wake up & change the laws so kids are believed & we stop protecting the Jerry Sanduskys

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    stands for courage

    When I saw Sandusky on T.V., I thought he was weird. Thank goodness for brave young men like Aaron for bringing him down.

    A well written, interesting, true story, book that can break your heart when reading all the obtacles that young Aaron was up against. Thank you, Victim #1, for bringing a monster down and saving others

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Kudos for the courage to tell this story!

    Someone asked why more and more children are abused today. Consider that the AVERAGE pedophile will molest 63, yes SIXTY-THREE children before being caught. And like jerry here, will prey on children deemed at risk, meaning they are less likely to tell an adult, sometimes because the abuser is the most stable adult in the child's life. Additionally, MANY, MANY, MANY children who are abused go onto repeat what was done to them. It's a cliche, but hurt people, hurt people. (In NO WAY do I mean to insinuate that the author of this book has or would hurt or abuse another child in ANY way. In fact, by coming forward, realizing HE was the victim and finding a healthy outlet by simply telling the truth it's so very doubtful he would reenact the horrors he experienced. BUT, Statistics show nearly 100% of people who abuse were abused themselves. Many blessings to this young man; for his courage and I pray he heals through telling his story.

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