Another chapter unfolds in the Jerry Sandusky case this week. Aaron Fisher, known as Victim # 1, has made his story public in a new book called “Silent No More”. Written with the help of his mother and psychologist Michael Gillum, the book comes out this week. In it, the 18-year-old recalls years of sexual abuse before finally speaking out against the disgraced former Penn State assistant coach.
Sara Ganim, the Patriot-News reporter who helped first break the Sandusky story and is mentioned several times in the new book, joins Soledad O’Brien on “Starting Point” to share her thoughts of Fisher’s inspiring new book.
Ganim, who has followed the case closely since breaking the Penn State scandal, says she’s seen Fisher “come a long way in the last three years of what he was willingly to say publicly.” “It was really inspiring to read how open he was about his abuse” and “actually write a book with his face on the cover of it” Ganim says. “You’re seeing that do a great deal of good over the last year.”
Fisher wrote only six chapters of the book, the other 21 were written by the psychologist, which Ganim says was “kind of a disappointment” to her. “Most of it is just his speculation,” Ganim says. Much of the book is devoted to politics and the topic of “whether or not the governor who was running for election at the time and was the attorney general prosecuting this case, whether or not he delayed the investigation until after he was elected governor.”
Ganim finds the psychologist’s accounts “fascinating” but lacking credibility. She says “there are a lot of things that over the last year and beyond have been public information that he got wrong in the book,” which came out only about four months after the verdict. “It makes me wonder,” she says, “ if they were rushing to get it out quickly.”