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Oprah's Interview with Matt Sandusky to Air Next Week

by on July 08, 2014 4:00 PM

Matt Sandusky's first television interview since his father was convicted in a sordid child sexual abuse scandal is set to air next week.

Oprah's Winfrey's interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son will be broadcast on the OWN TV network at 9 p.m. on July 17.

Matt Sandusky was supposed to testify for the defense as a character witness for his adoptive father. Halfway through the explosive trial the younger Sandusky alleged that he, too, had been sexually abused by the former Penn State assistant football coach. 

Matt Sandusky never testified during the trial. Charges were never brought against Jerry Sandusky as a result of his adopted son's allegations, although Matt Sandusky was one of 26 victims to receive financial compensation from Penn State. 

"Matthew reveals never-before-heard details of the sexual abuse he experienced as a child at the hands of his adopted father, and why he is choosing to speak out now," according to a statement from OWN.

"He shares a deeply personal account of the grooming, methodical control and manipulation he faced as a child and responds to the accusations his adoptive mother, Dottie Sandusky, made on national television accusing him of lying and stealing from the family. Additionally, Matthew talks about the foundation he established to help victims of child abuse and trauma," the statement continues.

Nearly two years after the trial, Matt Sandusky founded the Peaceful Hearts Foundation, a charity that supports survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The Peaceful Hearts Foundation’s mission is to “provide survivor-informed advocacy for the elimination of childhood sexual victimization and trauma.”

Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse for molesting 10 boys and is serving 30-60 years behind bars. He has filed appeals but all have been denied.

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Jessica Tully recently graduated from Penn State with degrees in journalism and political science. She is a frequent contributor to and has also reported for USA TODAY, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Onward State and The Daily Collegian.
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