Jerry Sandusky's son part of Penn State scandal documentary

Matt Sandusky, one of six adopted sons of Jerry and Dottie Sandusky, will be featured in a documentary about his father's sexual-abuse at Penn State. 

The film, titled "Happy Valley," will debut this week at the Sundance Film Festival. According to the Associated Press, the movie will "explore whether it was an open secret that Sandusky was molesting boys." 

More details, via the AP

Matt Sandusky declined to elaborate on his comments in the film, but he said he discusses his childhood, the abuse and his relationship with family. He is one of six children adopted by Jerry and Dottie Sandusky. He petitioned last year to legally change his name and that of his wife and four children.

"I hope that people will begin to understand what I have gone through," he told the newspaper. "My role in the film was to share the perspective of a survivor, to give survivors a voice."

An online trailer advertises the film, made by "The Tillman Story" director Amir Bar-Lev, as a "complicated and tragic tale." Matt Sandusky watched the film in a recent private screening.

The film, which debuted Sunday, has a few more Sundance screenings scheduled this week. It's not yet clear if or when it will come to Pennsylvania.

Sandusky, who hopes to start a nonprofit to advocate for sex-abuse victims in the State College area, told the Centre Daily Times he hopes that his story in the film will help give other victims the courage to report abuse to authorities. 

"There were many victims in this case who came forward for the trial. I have immense respect for their strength," Sandusky said. "And because of those guys, I had the courage to come forward to the authorities to tell what I had to tell -- the truth."

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Shop
College Football Coaches Polos
Our Latest Stories