Those who testified against Jerry Sandusky last November are letting their stories be heard, with the person referred to as “Victim 1” in court documents leading the way.
Scheduled to hit bookstores Oct. 23, “Silent No More: Victim #1’s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky” will document the story of his abuse throughout his childhood, according to a release by publisher Ballantine Bantam Dell, a branch of the Random House Publishing Group.
The book was co-written with the individual’s mother and psychologist in an attempt to better document “how he survived years of shame and secrecy, harassment and accusation” involving Sandusky, according to the release.
The former assistant football coach was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse in late June.
The person referred to as “Victim 1” was the first to report that Sandusky abused him and spark grand jury investigations in 2008, as previously reported.
His testimony detailed the abuse he suffered from Sandusky, including kissing, cracking his back and putting his hands down the young boy’s pants.
Now, the person referred to as “Victim 1” is identifying himself to the public and hoping to aid others in their struggle forward, according to the release.
“With all the coverage of this devastating case, it is astonishing that it all started with one young boy who had the courage to come forward — and the strength he showed as this case was pursued for three years before an arrest was ever made,” Libby McGuire, EVP, Publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell said in the release. “He is not a victim, but a hero.”
The person referred to as “Victim 1” will reveal his identity to the public with the book’s release in an interview with ABC News anchor Chris Cuomo, according to the release.
RoseMarie Terenzio, founder of RMT PR Management and publicist for “Silent No More,” deferred all comment to the press release issued by Ballantine Bantam Dell.
Michael Boni, the lawyer for the person referred to as “Victim 1,” also declined comment on the book his client is writing, as he said he is not actively involved in the process.