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Victim 1: “Do I Blame Penn State? No.”

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Aaron Fisher, formerly known as Victim 1 in the Jerry Sandusky case, wrote a book that was publicly released yesterday. In tandem with his book release, he’s also elected to do a few select interviews following his conversation with ABC’s Chris Cuomo that aired last Friday.

Fisher recently sat down with WNEP’s Jon Meyer and certainly had some interesting things to say.

After briefly discussing his abusive relationship with Sandusky, Meyer asked Fisher about his thoughts on the NCAA sanctions that were levied in July.

Ya know, I think that is a bunch of bull. I don’t think they should’ve had that. Do I blame Penn State? No. Do I blame Penn State students? No, not at all. Their students had nothing to with this. It’s just that the people who were put in a position to help didn’t.

Fisher claims that Dottie Sandusky was often around the house during times of abuse and doubts that she has no knowledge of her husband’s abusive habits.

You could always hear the footsteps when we were down in the basement. She was always there. To say that she didn’t know anything that was going on, that she knows nothing bad was going on in her basement… I think she’s just as naive as Jerry.

Fisher wants to speak to youth in schools about abuse in hopes of reaching other potential victims.

I put a stop to one and now another kid is safely tucked in his bed not having to go through this.  And if I can talk to school kids and their parents as well maybe I can help another set of other kids.

But the Lock Haven local doesn’t want to be recognized as a “victim” anymore. He says he’s looking forward to his future rather than harping on his past.

I want to be remembered for the good that I’ve done to help people and the good that I did not only for other victims but for myself as well.

The damage is already there but you can’t take that back.  So I’m pushing forward

Toward the end of WNEP’s article, Meyer notes that Fisher’s mother, Donna Daniels, and psychologist Michael Gillum place some blame on PA Governor Tom Corbett for the amount of time it took Sandusky to be charged. Daniels and Gillum cite Corbett’s campaign as governor as one of the reasons it took so long for the former Penn State assistant coach to be charged and eventually convicted of several counts of child molestation.

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Sandusky Scandal - On November 5, 2011, a 23-page Grand Jury report rocked Penn State to its foundation. As a result of Jerry Sandusky being convicted on 45 of 48 counts sexual abuse against 10 minors and subsequent fallout and alleged coverup by several key school administrators and legendary coach Joe Paterno, these events will forever be a dark stain in the history of our University. Read more