Jerry Sandusky's son part of Penn State scandal documentary
Matt Sandusky, adopted son of sex offender Jerry Sandusky, participated in a documentary about the scandal at Penn State.
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."
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."
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