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Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky (edition 2012)

by Aaron Fisher, Michael Gillum, Dawn Daniels

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Title:Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky
Authors:Aaron Fisher
Other authors:Michael Gillum, Dawn Daniels
Info:Ballantine Books (2012), Hardcover, 240 pages
Collections:Your library, eLibrary, Read in 2013
Tags:memoir: crime, memoir: survival, ebook, binding: hardcover

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



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I finished it the day I bought it; when was the last time I did that?

I bought this on a difficult day for me and sat down to just read a few pages. And then a few pages more. And then I ordered a frothy something to enjoy life a little more outside, and before I knew it I was close to the end.

It is not an easy read for the subject matter. But for any of us who have children in our lives, whether our own or via our friends and relations, really need to educate ourselves about childhood sexual abuse. Because what this young man, his mom, and his therapist fought for and what they went through as they put their lives together after the immediate abuse was over could happen to anyone.

The book is divided into small chapters, each written by Aaron, his mom Dawn, and his therapist, Michael, to give all of the points of view for the years that this abuse went on. And what it took out of them all to finally bring Jerry Sandusky to trial. Michael is the one who puts together the election year politics as being quite relevant to the delays that Aaron had to go through and the trauma of the multiple grand jury hearings over a 3 year period.

The few photos of Aaron also document the horror that he went through in a way that words seldom can. I am glad he spoke up, and I hope we all learn from what this fight was all about: children and the powerful adults to wish to use them for their sickness. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
It's a sad and horrible story, obviously, of the long time abuse of a child by a local hero. Years of torment, not only from the abuse itself but the years following, trying to get justice. Freighting to read how much influence an important person of the community has, how the place can be so blind to defend the offenders and not care about the victims. That was interesting through a psychological standpoint.

But the book itself is quite boring, though thankfully short. It was lots of repetition, and specially the mother's contribution was just repeating of what's been said previously and unnecessary. The psychologist's chapters were the most interesting.

All in all an okay, quick read. ( )
  Wilwarin | Apr 7, 2013 |
Aaron Fisher, formerly known as Victim 1, was the first victim of Jerry Sandusky's to come forward. Through his determination (aided by his psychologist, Michael Gillum, and his mother, Dawn Daniels, both of whom co-author this book with Aaron), Aaron manages to bring Jerry to justice - even though the State Attorney General seems content to stall the investigation.

It's really encouraging to read Aaron's story; although he realizes that he will be affected by this forever, he is determined to live his life to the fullest. It's amazing to me how hard Aaron had to struggle with the system; his psychologist even had to threaten to go the FBI because the Pennsylvania authorities seemed disinclined to do anything (the FBI was powerless to do anything until the case was dismissed without an arrest). There's little doubt that if Aaron had been less tenacious, Jerry Sandusky would have been free to continue abusing children.

Recommended. ( )
  schatzi | Jan 5, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345544161, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:31 -0400)

A victim of Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse, Aaron Fisher first spoke up against Sandusky at age 14, weathering ostracism, harassment, fear, frustration, and guilt through the years it took to finally bring the coach to justice.

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