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Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky

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Victim 1, at fourteen years of age, spoke up against Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State scandal, and now for the first time tells his story.

Aaron Fisher was an eager and spirited eleven-year-old when legendary Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky recruited him into his Second Mile children’s charity. Offering support at a critical time in Aaron’s life, Sandusky gave him
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Hardcover, 218 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Ballantine Books
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Leslie Nelson
Silent No More is written by Aaron, of course, his psychologist, Mike Gillum, and his mother, Dawn Daniels. The story does not give *too much information* about the actual abuse. It was handled very appropriately. The story is really about the time period from when Aaron disclosed what had happened to him for the first time, up until Sandusky was convicted.

I really enjoyed reading the story from the different view points involved.

Dawn - Apparently Dawn has taken quite a bit of criticism. People
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Jan Garza
For all my family and friends who have sympathy for the PSU folks who covered things up, or did nothing to stop it, I ask you to read this book. It is a fast read, only 200 pages, I read it in 2 days. I sickens me that this happened and can happen anywhere, but I graduated from PSU, so even more sad. It is all about the victims of sexual child abuse, not the football, not the fans, not the folks who helped cover up Sandusky's crimes against innocent children. We can not be too careful when prote ...more
Amanda
Eh ... what happened to this boy is obviously sad but this book was just another thrown together attempt to get a book on the shelves before the public lost interest. The way it was written was annoying - the chapters alternated between the victim, his mom and his psychologist. His mom's chapters were just her trying to convince the reader that she wasn't a bad mom. Plus they echoed Aaron's chapters so you basically felt like you were living Groundhogs Day reading about the same incident over an ...more
Lori

Aaron Fisher, the first of Jerry Sandusky's victims to come forward, is a hero. the strength and bravery it must have taken for him to tell his story repeatedly is amazing.

This is a well written book with different chapters told from the point of view of Aaron, his mother, Dawn and his psychologist, Mike.

I come away from it thinking that Aaron is an amazing young man with so much potential and that Jerry Sandusky is a sick predator with a trail of victims that we may never truly know about.
Susan Hatch
Wow...this was an amazing story. Yes, sadly I followed the Jerry Sandusky trial and always shook my head, amazed at the information/story. I remember calling my son and asking him if any of his coaches, in any of his years of sports, had ever entered the showers when any of the boys were in there. Of course he said no.

We had an incident of a sexual predator within the circle of our acquaintances and didn't have any idea that he was one until about September. It was frightening to hear how he had
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Megan
What is there to say? I wish this book hadn't had to be written, but Aaron is truly a hero. Without his courage and determination, persistence and demand for justice, Jerry Sandusky would still be abusing little boys who can't protect themselves. Knowing victims of abuse and how hard it can be for them to come forward, I applaud Aaron. And I applaud all the other victims who came forward.

The added tragedy to this case is the absolutely disgusting way so many people treated it. Those who knew ab
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Stella Fouts
Yes, this is about the pedophile Sandusky. No, it's not about the specific details of the sexual abuse although you get the picture as to what Sandusky was doing to his victims. Told from the perspective of Victim #1 Aaron Fisher, his mother Dawn and his psychologist Michael Gillum, you see how Sandusky was able to take control of Aaron and to abuse him. Aaron was only 10 when Sandusky came into his life and 14 when he tried to get away from him. What's really incredible is Aaron's ability, fina ...more
Emelie
It's a sad and horrible story, obviously, of the long time abuse of a child by a local hero. Years of torment, not only from the abuse itself but the years following, trying to get justice. Freighting to read how much influence an important person of the community has, how the place can be so blind to defend the offenders and not care about the victims. That was interesting through a psychological standpoint.

But the book itself is quite boring, though thankfully short. It was lots of repetition,
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Lissa
Aaron Fisher, formerly known as Victim 1, was the first victim of Jerry Sandusky's to come forward. Through his determination (aided by his psychologist, Michael Gillum, and his mother, Dawn Daniels, both of whom co-author this book with Aaron), Aaron manages to bring Jerry to justice - even though the State Attorney General seems content to stall the investigation.

It's really encouraging to read Aaron's story; although he realizes that he will be affected by this forever, he is determined to l
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Eleanor Cowan
The Courage of a Few

Anthropologist Margaret Meade said that society is always changed not massively, but by the efforts of a very few - a courageous few who dare to challenge the powerful and the smug.

Congratulations to Aaron, his mother, Dawn, and Mike Gillum (M.A.) for their critically important collaboration to share this story which can help millions of frightened victims to begin to confront too.

Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Wri
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Karen
Aaron Fisher is a brave young man to stand up to public scrutiny so that justice would be served. Writing about what happened to him at the hands of pedophile Jerry Sandusky was a selfless decision, brave in that he no longer wanted to be a victim but a survivor. I wish him the best of what life has to offer him.

I hope Jerry Sandusky is miserable in prison. I hope his delusional co-conspirator wife Dottie is miserable for the rest of her life. As for Tom Corbett, never underestimate the power of
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Sarah
I am writing a review of this book purely because I find it funny that there is an option to, not that I would expect goodreads to disable the 'write review' feature for one book only, it's just funny to imagine what someone might say in something like this.

"His heartbreaking struggle was illustrated poorly through his terrible cliches and tired metaphors."

"This should be a movie directed by Michael Bay."

"I thought it was so-so, he should have gone into more detail, I want my money back."


But any
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Bonnie
Silent No More is a concise, brutally honest report of the Jerry Sandusky trial for sexual abuse and consequent conviction. The story is told from the viewpoints of Victim #1, Aaron Fisher, Michael Gillum, a licensed psychologist, and Dawn Daniels, Aaron's mother. Aaron was only eleven when Jerry took an interest in him under the guise that he had no father and wanted to mentor the boy. Jerry gave Aaron gifts, insinuated himself into Aaron's family, and took him to football games at Penn State. ...more
Sallyk
Fascinating book. I have so much respect for the courage and tenacity of Aaron Fisher, and for the counselor Michael Gillum who encouraged him and supported him in his journey toward recovery. This book clearly illustrates the brainwashing of a child by a sexual predator, and illustrates why it is so difficult for a child to transition into understanding that he or she is a victim. It also illustrates the difficulty for the child of then coming around to accusing the perpetrator. I haven't seen ...more
Wanda
I wanted to read this book because of the "sports scandal" of Penn State being titled the "BIGGEST scandal...." as a couple of my family members are really sports oriented and I wanted to learn about it from the person most affected. I was aghast that the cover up of this monster Jerry Sandusky included such once highly thought of "leaders" as Coach Paterno and the political figure at that time who was running for Governor, Tom Corbett. I am appalled that there were so many people who "knew" abo ...more
Teresa Slack
Like so much of the world, I followed this case as soon as it was brought to my attention. Unfortunately that was years after the abuse began for Aaron Fisher, and probably decades after Jerry Sandusky began his reign of terror against God only knows how many young victims.

I doubt we'll ever know the whole story about what turned Jerry Sandusky into the freak he is today. The real shame is all the "non-freaks" involved who stood by and let him continue his warped ways without intervening. My big
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Denise Ratsavong
A very interesting and sad story. I felt for this poor boy. I loved how he became a strong man throughout this ordeal and overcame so many fears and nightmares. Thank God that Jerry Sanduski is behind bars for life. I was surprised not to learn more about Mrs. Sanduski in the book. It is well written and had me very interested. I am very happy at the outcome and I wish Aaron the very best. I am proud and happy for him. I wish him great success in life.
Introvertigo
Its hard to rate a book on such a serious topic. How can you say you enjoyed reading about someone else's extreme hardships. But it was a great perspective and a rare view into the life of someone who is abused. As an athlete, I cant imagine the coach/player sacred role being violated to such an extent. The book and Aaron both offer hope, but it still left me with a terrible attitude because of Sandusky's actions.
CrazyMoo
Thank you to the author/s for this book.

Rebecca Gernon
I liked the concept of the mother, her son Aaron, and Mike the therapist all giving insight into the Jerry Sandusky pedophile case. Aaron was the first young man to come forward. I admire Aaron's bravery, I wish more of the book had been written by him, but I understand his difficulty in dealing with this situation. The bulk of the book was written by Mike and was primarily about the slow process by the state of Pennsylvania to arrest Sandusky. I did find mike's information on how a pedophile gr ...more
Linda
I think Aaron is very brave, and I appreciated his psychologist's viewpoints as well. I followed this story as it broke in the fall of 2011, trying to figure out what was the whole truth, and who knew what and so on. So much of the media coverage was on who at Penn State acted (or did not act) in ways that allowed these events to continue. That is part of the story, but this book is different.

This book gets us away from that, and back to the real story. A young boy is victimized, in an orchestra
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Sandy
Wow, what an amazing kid Aaron Fisher is! He and Mike Gillum are both heros in my book. This is a truly remarkable story of courage and strength. I started the book Friday night, finished Saturday morning and dreamt about it all night. It is haunting. I remember following the Jerry Sandusky trial and thinking at the time how sad it was that people seemed more concerned with Joe Paterno and Penn State than they did about these poor children who were abused for so many years. We will never know ho ...more
Sara Boghdan
Victim 1, Aaron Fisher, showed so much courage in coming forward. I'm grateful that I read this book. I hope that someday abuse like this no longer exists. Until then, we need heroic people to come forward.
Liz
I can not believe that Aaron lived in Lock Haven and went to the same high school my cousin goes to now. It hit very close to home. Aaron did not go into any details about the abuse and he never needed to. This book was about the road to justice and the fight to not let a public figure pull strings to get away from consequences. I did not really like the parts Dawn, Aaron's mom, wrote. She mostly just talked about how it was not her fault and she was not a bad mother. It was not really necessary ...more
Carolyn Rockwell Shubat
a very sad story. it took way to long for this young man to get justice.
Karen
I hope writing this book was therapeutic for Mr. Fisher. I was relieved to find he didn't go into graphic detail - he really didn't say anything more than has already been stated on the news - but shared his story from the time he first told an adult through to the conviction. It was interesting to hear the perspectives of his mother and psychologist as well. I was also relieved to find that the book wasn't a start-to-finish attack on Penn State as a university, but touched on several people/org ...more
Carley Hartwell
Sandusky is a creepy asshole who deserves pain.
Cindy
This kid is a super hero.
Kristi
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Debbie
This important book that should be required reading for anyone who works with children, is about one of the boys molested by Jerry Sandusky. It's told from the point of view of the victim, his mother and his psychologist. The story does an excellent job of explaining how a perpetrator works his way into a family's life and the impact molestation has on an entire family. It also illustrates how the school system and the justice system can victimize a child all over again.
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