Until last October, Dawn Daniels's son Aaron Fisher was known only as Victim 1. Now he's 19 years old, a college student who plays video games and spends time on Facebook.
"He does normal things that kids his age do, which I think is great for him," Dawn said. "I want to keep his life as normal as possible in hopes of making up for the childhood he missed out on."Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky—that's the name of the book she co-authored with Aaron and his therapist, Michael Gillum.
It details Aaron's struggles to alert authorities of Sandusky's crimes, and to help them bring the Penn State coach to justice.
Dawn and Gillum served as the keynote speakers at the Radisson in Camp Hill during the annual "Healing the Hurt" event, which benefits Pinnacle Health Children's Resource Center.During her speech, Dawn said that her son "is not a victim, he is a hero."Aaron's counselor agrees. "Despite his fears about what might happen to him, he told me he really wanted to help other children from being abused," Gillum said.But as transparent this graphic abuse has become, there's still one person that has been spared of the details. To this day, Aaron still hasn't explained to his mom what happened to him."I don't know the details," said Dawn. "I wasn't in the courtroom. I respected his wishes—I've just always been his biggest fan, and that's how I get him through it."
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