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

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by Aaron Fisher, Michael Gillum
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345544162
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
508,465
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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Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Way to stand your groung and persevere, Aaron. Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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PJW1 More than 1 year ago
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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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.
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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
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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!!