Matthew Sandusky speaks about abuse, how to help others
JOHNSTOWN -- At an event held by the Circle of Support Child Advocacy Center, special guest Matthew Sandusky shared the story of one of the most high-profiled sexual abuse cases this nation has ever seen unfold.
"I always say my abuse started at the age of 8, and I say that because for me, (abuse starts) when it is the moment the abuser chooses the child," Sandusky said.
Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, says his abuse lasted from the age of 8 to 17 years old.
He spent Thursday night recounting moments of the abuse to help prevent the same thing happening to other children.
"I was a young boy, and he was a grown man, and anything you think of happening in sexual abuse when you put those two together, happened to me," Sandusky said.
Sandusky detailed specific moments in his life when he thought he escaped the abuse.
However, Sandusky says he fell right back into a situation that he didn't fully understand at such a young age.
"I still remember that day when he came and picked me up, and we left there and he took me to McDonald's for lunch. Then, he took me to the locker room and we worked out, and then he took me back into the locker room and he sexually abused me like time stood still and we hadn't missed a beat," Sandusky said.
Sandusky is sharing this story to educate people on how the minds of abused children can work and the horrible things that happen to these children. Sandusky also put an emphasis on working as hard as we can to do whatever is possible to not let it happen to any more children.
"We do love you, you are cared for and we do want to help you," Sandusky said.
The CSCAC located in this area has helped more than 200 victims of child abuse since opening in 2015.