Jan 24, 2012; State College, PA, USA; General view of Beaver Stadium as the lights illuminate the field to remember former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Sandusky's son in 'Happy Valley' documentary to empower survivors of abuse

Matt Sandusky, the son of former Penn State Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky took part in a documentary called Happy Valley about his father’s sexual-abuse case with the hopes of becoming an advocate for child victims.

The 100-minute documentary making its debut at The Sundance Film Festival explores whether it was an open secret that his father was molesting boys.

“For me and all survivors, it is important to have control over the timing and setting of [the] disclosure,” Matt Sandusky told the Centre Daily News per ESPN.com. I hope that people will begin to understand what I have gone through. My role in the film was to share the perspective of a survivor, to give survivors a voice.”

Matt is one of six adopted children of Jerry and Dottie Sandusky and petitioned to have his name and his family’s names changed last year. He decided he had enough strength to come forward and speak out to help other survivors of sexual abuse.

“There were many victims in this case who came forward for the trial. I have immense respect for their strength,” he 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.”

Jerry Sandusky is currently serving a 30-60-year prison term after he was convicted on 45 counts involving 10 boys.

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