The adopted son of disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will share his story of sexual child abuse tomorrow at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Matthew Sandusky will be the featured speaker during the 26th annual Criminal Justice Conference and Career Fair at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Tuesday, March 17th.
UNK Criminal Justice Department chairwoman Julie Campbell says it is extremely difficult for the victims of child sexual abuse to come forward.
“Matthew’s situation was very complicated, because he had to make that disclosure to his wife, Kim, to his family, but he had to do so very publicly in light of the Jerry Sandusky scandal,” Campbell tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KXPN. “Penn State fans are very loyal to the university and to their football program and I don’t think it was an easy process for him to come forward in such a public way.”
Jerry Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in prison after being convicted in 2012 on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Matthew came forward during the trial, after hearing testimonies from other victims.
Matthew Sandusky and his wife created the Peaceful Hearts Foundation, which promotes stronger child sexual abuse laws and reaches out to the victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Matthew Sandusky will speak at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room. His first talk will include his own story of overcoming sexual abuse. In his second presentation, he will discuss life after sexual abuse.
The conference is free and open to the public. It also includes a career fair for students of the university.
Brent Weithorn, KXPN, contributed to this article.