What to Expect from Jerry Sandusky Victim 1 in Exclusive Interview

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What to Expect from Jerry Sandusky Victim 1 in Exclusive Interview
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In court, the book may be nearly closed on the Jerry Sandusky case, at least for now. But the story is far from over.

According to CBSNews.com, ABC has plans to interview the sexual assault victim, aka Victim 1, whose claims of abuse spearheaded an investigation against the former Penn State assistant coach. 

Sandusky has yet to be sentenced, but earlier this summer, he was convicted of sexually abusing 10 young boys. Sandusky still claims he is innocent of the charges against him.

According to the New York Post's Page Six, which first reported the news of the interview, ABC will air its exclusive in tandem with Victim 1's book release. Though there is no official information regarding the book's release date, Page Six reports it could hit shelves as early as next month.

CBS's report states that Victim 1 and Sandusky first met "about eight years ago, when he was 11 and was a first-year participant in a camp sponsored by Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile." During his time at the camp, Victim 1 reportedly spent nights at Sandusky's home and attended professional sporting events with Sandusky before their relationship turned abusive.

So what can we expect from Victim 1's interview?

It's not entirely clear. Throughout the duration of this scandal and its ensuing trial, so much has been done to protect the identities of the victims and to treat such a sensitive topic with respect.

But seeing Victim 1 discuss his experiences will remind us all of what could have happened if he had never spoken up. 

The story isn't going to be sensationalized, and it's not going to become tabloid fodder. The hope is that this interview gives Victim 1 an opportunity to offer the public a glimpse of what he has gone through since reporting Sandusky in 2009—an act that required immense courage and fortitude. 

We don't know what Victim 1 is going to say about Sandusky, his words, his actions or his behavior. Most likely, though, this interview will give the public a chance to see, first and foremost, how valuable the truth is. If he had never come forward, justice couldn't have been served to any of Sandusky's victims.

Perhaps the interview will even inspire others in similarly harrowing situations to believe that there is hope for them, too.

ABC's exclusive interview won't necessarily be about looking back and rehashing history. It will, most likely, be about looking forward and presenting Victim 1 as proof that justice can prevail. 

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