Aaron Fisher, also known as “victim number one,” writes in his new book, Silent No More, that “Sarge” (Dottie Sandusky’s nickname), “never went down to the basement.”
The basement is where Sandusky raped and sexually abused Fisher and many other boys who were there for “sleepovers.”
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“Fisher, who was known publicly for a year only as Victim 1, put aside anonymity Friday to speak about his ordeal as a child, telling ABC’s “20/20” he had contemplated suicide because authorities took so long to prosecute Sandusky, nearly three years after he and his mother first alerted school officials.
The Associated Press bought an early copy of Fisher’s book, which is being published next week.
Fisher wrote that in an early warning sign, while swimming together he felt Sandusky’s hand on his crotch a “little too long.” During car rides, he said, Sandusky had him sit up front and would put his hand on the boy’s thigh.
Fisher said he began spending nights at the Sandusky home in State College, about 30 miles from his own home in Lock Haven, when he was 11. He said kissing and back rubbing during those overnight visits progressed to oral sex. He said he tried to distance himself from Sandusky, to no avail.”
In 2008, at age 15, after years of molestation and oral rape, Aaron finally broke down and told his school principle that Jerry was sexually abusing him. His mother was called to the principle’s office, and when she was told about the accusations, she said, “we need to call the police. The school principle told Aaron’s mother to “go home and think about it.”
Aaron’s mother said, “Go home and think about what?”
According to ABC News, the principle and other staff members told her, “Jerry has a heart of gold, he wouldn’t do those kind of things.”
Getting no help from the school, Aaron’s mother went to Child Youth Services, and they believed Aaron. They called the school principle and asked her to keep Sandusky away from kids, but the school made it clear to CYS that they were trying to get his mother to drop the allegations. Jerry Sandusky had been given the benefit of the doubt.
Eventually, because of CYS, the state police was notified, but prosecutors never arrested Sandusky, who painted Aaron as a troubled kid and the case was dropped. The prosecutors didn’t want to put one child up against Sandusky, who was known as a “saint.” Prosecutors felt they needed more victims in order to arrest Sandusky.
Needed more victims? One is not enough? Aaron’s suffering is not enough for them?
Well, I guess they got the rest of their victims didn’t they? Isn’t it just tragic irony that by letting the case be dropped, the victims they “needed” were subsequently produced by their lack of action?
When no arrest was made, Aaron contemplated suicide.
“I thought maybe it would be easier to take myself out of the equation,” he told ABC. “Let somebody else deal with it.”
The principle who ignored and denied Aaron’s accusation, is still the principle at the school.
“In the book, Fisher describes the moment when he told the principal and a guidance counselor Sandusky had molested him: “All the color when out of their faces. I wouldn’t give them any details, because it was so embarrassing to tell that kind of stuff to women.”
I hate to write this because Aaron’s mother took action when she found out her son was being sexually abused by Sandusky…but Aaron’s mom says that when Jerry Sandusky began to take Aaron to his home for sleepovers, her mothering instincts made her skeptical about it, but she was a single mom, and Sandusky convinced her that it would relieve her of some of her stress.
How many times do mothers ignore their instincts because they are over-worked, stressed-out and need a break?
Mothers, never ignore your instincts when an adult wants to spend a lot of time with your children –even if it is someone you think you know, and someone who appears outwardly “good.”
Evil can wear the face of a “saint.”
ABC. 20/20, Oct 19, 2012