Sandusky 'Victim 1' to release book
A key witness against convicted child molester and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, known in court papers as Victim 1, has a book deal and will soon reveal his identity, a publisher announced on Thursday.
Ballantine Bantam Dell said that “Silent No More: Victim #1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky,” is coming out Oct. 23. The memoir will be co-written by the victim's mother and psychologist and “will share how he survived years of shame and secrecy, harassment and accusation, before reporting Sandusky's actions to the authorities, and will offer a hopeful and inspiring message for victims of abuse,” Ballantine announced.
“Victim 1,” now 18, will reveal his identity on the day of the book's release in an interview with ABC's Chris Cuomo.
Financial terms for the book were not disclosed. But Ballantine, an imprint of Random House Inc., plans a donation to a charity for victims of child abuse.
The man first alerted authorities in 2008 and helped initiate the investigation leading to Sandusky's conviction in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Prosecutors said some of the assaults occurred on the Penn State's campus. Sandusky is scheduled to be sentenced next month and is likely to receive a sentence that will keep him in prison for life.
“Victim 1” testified for the prosecution that Sandusky approached him through a summer camp for youth sponsored by The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk youth that the former coach founded.
Messages seeking comment from the man's civil lawyers, Slade McLaughlin and Michael Boni, were not returned on Thursday.
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