MILL HALL — To a crowd of about 30 people Saturday, Aaron Fisher — the person referred to as “Victim 1” in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case — said he hopes he can give others who have been abused the courage to speak up.
Fisher spoke briefly Saturday at a rally that was scheduled by members of the local community to support Fisher and the other people Sandusky was convicted of abusing. They rally also acted as a forum for community members to show their dissatisfaction with how the Keystone Central School District handled the reaction to Fisher’s reports of abuse.
Fisher said the fear that comes from being sexually abused could ruin any child’s life.
“It was hard…for any kid, nonetheless who was bullied, not believed and not taken seriously,” Fisher said. “I hope I can help other victims to have a voice and speak up and be silent no more.”
Fisher, who released his book “Silent No More: Victim 1’s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky” last week, said that when he first said Sandusky was abusing him, his high school principal Karen Probst told him to reconsider approaching police about the situation, as previously reported.
Fisher said that when it came out that he was the person referred to as “Victim 1,” he was bullied and the school did nothing to stop it.
Sandusky was convicted in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing children, Fisher being one of them. Sandusky was sentenced earlier this month to serve 30 to 60 years in prison.
Fisher said the Keystone Central School District should be held accountable for bullying in its schools. Fisher said he eventually had to transfer schools halfway through his senior year as a result of bullying.
Rep. Glenn "G.T." Thompson, R-Centre, also spoke at the rally and said that reform is needed at every level to combat school bullying and make sure people know it will not be tolerated.
“This country was founded on a commitment to each other,” Thompson said. “We must rely on the commitment to the safety of our children.”
Dawn Daniels, Fisher’s mother, spoke at the rally briefly before her son. Daniels thanked the community for their support throughout the case and said she hopes people will push to enforce change in school policies to help students who have been bullied.
One of the rally organizers, Heather Ellis, also spoke at the rally, urging parents to ask for change in the school district’s policies.
“[When children are abused] they leave behind their loved ones and memories, and their futures are no more,” Ellis said.
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