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Mother of alleged Sandusky victim says son afraid to say 'No'

By Joan Firstenberg     Nov 11, 2011 in Sports
University Park - The victimized boy of the Penn State coach told his mother "you just can't say no to Jerry Sandusky". The boy is described as "Victim 1" in the grand jury report on the former assistant coach who is now charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse.
The mother who first came forward and told officials at a Clinton, Pennsylvania high school that she suspected inappropriate sexual contact toward her son by Jerry Sandusky, told ABC News "Good Morning America" that her son felt powerless to say no to him.
The mother spoke to GMA, her face hidden and her voice scrambled,
"I had said, 'You know, maybe we should have come to this conclusion earlier - you should have told me. He was like, 'Well, I didn't know what to do. You just can't tell Jerry no.'"
The New York Daily News reports that the grand jury report against Sandusky reveals that the coach systematically abused the boy, having him stay overnight at his home, taking him to professional and college sporting events and showering him with gifts, which included, a computer, gym clothes, dress clothes and cash. The boy was also a participant in Jerry's Second Mile program, an organization for underprivileged children.
The victim's mother told GMA that she slowly became aware that he was being abused, because he would act out violently to intentionally become grounded and avoid seeing Sandusky. But at one point he asked his mother how he could look up information on sex offenders.
"(I) proceeded to ask him if there was something he needed to tell me, if there was something going on. It wasn't 'til a month later when he indicated he was uncomfortable with leaving the school with him, and (Sandusky) pulling him out of classes at school."
The boy testified tin front of the grand jury, saying he would hide in the basement of Sandusky's house to avoid contact with him. He explained the "contact" as being where Sandusky would get
"onto the bed on which Victim 1 was already lying and roll under the boy. With Victim 1 lying on top of him, face to face, Sandusky would run his arms up and down the boy's back and 'crack' it"
The boy testified that eventually, Sandusky began to kiss him on the mouth.
"Victim 1 testified that ultimately Sandusky performed oral sex on him 20 times through 2007 and early 2008. Sandusky also had Victim 1 perform oral sex on him one time and also touched Victim 1's penis with his hands during the 2007-2008 time period. Victim 1 did not want to engage in sexual contact with Sandusky and knew it was wrong. Victim 1 stopped taking Sandusky's phone calls and had his mother tell Sandusky he was not home when Sandusky called."
The mother says,
"I was horrified. I was absolutely horrified. I knew some details but I didn't know that it was that, I didn't know it was that bad. It's caused a lot of nightmares, for him and I both."
The grand jury report also indicates that Sandusky would appear at the boy's school, where the "administration would call Victim 1 out of activity period/study hall in the late afternoon to meet with him in a conference room. No one monitored these visits. Sandusky helped the school with coaching varsity football and had complete access to the school. He also volunteered at the school's football program. One one occasion, the report says, a wrestling coach witnessed Sandusky "lying under Victim 1 with his eyes closed" when the wrestling coach entered the room. Sandusky jumped up and claimed they were just wrestling.
The mother says she expressed her concerns to the school.
"I'm infuriated. Even if they had the slightest inclination that anything inappropriate was going on it should have been reported, or at least brought to my attention. I didn't even know he was leaving the school with my child, taking him out of classes. They never told me that."
The school's assistant principal has told the grand jury that Sandusky was barred from the school district as soon as the mother brought to their attention her concern about the coach's relationship with her son.
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