Aaron Fisher Calls for an End to Bullying, Abuse at Rally
Last year, he was bullied out of high school and to the public at large, was known only as 'Victim 1' in the grand jury presentment that indicted Jerry Sandusky on charges of rampant child sexual abuse.
On Saturday, Aaron Fisher, child sexual abuse survivor and co-author of "Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight Against Jerry Sandusky," spoke at a rally outside of his former high school, Central Mountain, in Mill Hall, Pa.
Fisher, 18, addressed a crowd of supporters wearing white t-shirts that read, "We Support Aaron & the Victims" with blue ribbons – indicative of child abuse awareness – pinned on.
"I'm happy to be here to personally thank everybody for their support," Fisher said.
"I hope that I can help other victims to speak up and have a voice ... as far as being a kid in school ... it was hard, being bullied. I am glad that this community is pulling together to fight for change in a safe learning environment."
Teary-eyed, Fisher's mother, Dawn Daniels, thanked the crowd for finally expressing support for her son during a journey the family is still enduring even with Sandusky behind bars for life.
Daniels said she and her son publicized his story to put an end to bullying and maybe help another child come forward to report abuse.
"I was very happy to see so many concerned parents and students here to do what is right – to educate our children and stop the bullying. Our children go to school to learn."
Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson also spoke at the rally, pledging his support for safer schools, promising a community and a family it will be able to rebuild.
"This process could never be done if it was not for the courage of a very strong individual – Mr. Aaron Fisher. Aaron came forward, and that wasn't easy, and he stood truth to power."
The rally was not an effort to get any one administrator fired, organizers said, but to demand accountability. When Fisher first told his school principal and high school guidance counselor about his abuse, no one believed him. Four years later, he is still recovering from the repercussions.
Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to 30-60 years in jail for his sex crimes on Oct. 9. He is in Camp Hill Prison.