Capitalizing on Pain

A witness is seen in this courtroom sketch as he testifies in the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State University football coach Sandusky in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

I know some might go off on me for this post and to be honest I’m not really concerned with that (freedom of expression is right to all). So, according various news outlets Victim #1 in the Sandusky sexual abuse saga is apparently set to release a book on October 23rd that not only discloses his identity but will give the public a deeper look into his period of torture. I’m also aware that he plans on pursuing a civil lawsuit against Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the charity where he met Sandusky so maybe this book release isn’t such a good idea at the time. And, as much as I commend him on wanting to share his story and find some sort of liberation, a part of me feels like he’s kind of capitalizing off the ordeal.

The timing, that’s what bugs me. And wouldn’t he be jeopardizing his defense? I just think that since he’s determined to release a tell all then he should consider waiting until the civil lawsuit is dealt with, until Sandusky is sentenced (October 9th), and overall until the legal matters have concluded. Yes, I know the pain will always be there. But doing an interview that will be broadcasted nationwide as well as internationally, and releasing a memoir around the same time just all seems too publicity-stunt-banking it to me. Again, I feel for victim 1 along with the several other individuals and families affected, but his movements seem all too “really?” at the moment.Ā 

What are your thoughts on the issue? Should victim 1 release his book and appear on live television? Do you think its a money making thing?

Credit:Ā chicagotribune

One thought on “Capitalizing on Pain

  1. His story needs to be heard. Whether it’d be capitalistic in intent, or genuinely so, as a victim, his side of the story to me, is the most important! It will probably give more introspect. Wish him nothing but the best of luck.

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