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.”
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Golic says, "When Penn State is recruiting players…other coaches that are going to be recruiting the same players…you know what they’re going to say? – Well it’s a shame what happened to PennState, its Horrific what happened but do you really want to go to that school? You can’t play for a conference championship. You can at our school.”
His co-host added, “as far as the corruption…that this kind of culture can create…I don’t think that’s going to change at all.”
Not too long after the Paterno statue has been removed from outside Beaver Stadium, new troubles are brewing for Penn State University. A source close to the case tells CNN, the NCAA is set to hammer the university with sanctions based on the findings of the Freeh report. The intent of the "unprecedented" punishments is to send a clear message to Penn State and all NCAA schools.
CNN's Mark McKay reports.
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