Matt Sandusky shares story of sexual abuse in interview with Oprah Winfrey

mcarroll@centredaily.comJuly 8, 2014 

Matt Sandusky is sharing his story of sexual abuse by his adopted father and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky in a prime-time television special.

Sandusky sat down with Oprah Winfrey, and the interview will be broadcast next week on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The network said in a statement that Matt Sandusky describes grooming, methodical control and manipulation he experienced at the hands of his father, and responds to an accusation Dottie Sandusky made that he lied about the abuse.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 for sexually abusing 10 young boys and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison. Matt Sandusky’s abuse did not result in charges, but he came forward during the trial to tell prosecutors he had been abused.

Matt Sandusky broke his silence in January when he shared his story in “Happy Valley,” a 100-minute-long film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

“My role in the film was to share the perspective of a survivor, to give survivors a voice,” Sandusky said at the time in an interview with the Centre Daily Times.

“There were many victims in this case who came forward for the trial — I have immense respect for their strength — and because of those guys, I had the courage to come forward to the authorities to tell what I had to tell — the truth,” he said.

His interview with Winfrey will air at 9 p.m. July 17.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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