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Sandusky Victim Hopes Sharing His Story Encourages Others to Come Forward

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It's been almost two years since former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, and "Victim #1" in the case against him was then-14-year-old Aaron Fisher. Fisher shared his story with NY1 parenting correspondent NY1 Shelley Goldberg, who filed Part 2 of her report.

It was a fight they thought they would never win.

"He just looked like he was going to lose it, and I said, 'You know what? You just go in there, and this is the best match of your life. You fight, and you take him down,'" said Dawn Daniels, the mother of Aaron Fisher.

That's what Daniels told Fisher before he testified against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and was convicted of molesting 10 boys over a period of 15 years. Fisher was one of those boys.

"First, he was kind of a role model, he was somebody to impress. Next, he was almost like a father figure," Fisher says. "After a while, and after everything started happening, I figured there was something wrong with me. And then, after a short time more, I realized that there was something wrong with him."

Fisher was known as "victim #1" in the case against Sandusky because he was the first victim to speak out. His testimony was key to Sandusky's conviction.

"I was on my way to work, in my car, when I heard the verdict, so I pulled over on the side of the road and I cried," Fisher says. "I was kind of happy, I was sad, I was upset, I was joyful, I was a bunch of different mixed emotions."

"I cried because I was just so glad it was over," Daniels says. "I was just so glad that we could finally start the next chapter in our life."

That next chapter includes Fisher's book, "Silent No More." He, and his family hope that continuing to tell his story will encourage other victims to come forward.

"It seems that more kids are saying, 'You know what? If Aaron Fisher can do it, so can I,'" Daniels says. "So I think we're really doing a great thing, and I'm extremely proud of Aaron for that."

"Once I found out that there was more victims than me, I just, I felt the need and felt compelled to help. And it seems to me with everything that I've read on the Internet and seen on the news that I'm actually helping a lot," Fisher says.

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