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Watch: Jerry Sandusky's adopted son discusses childhood abuse on TV

Matthew Sandusky to discuss childhood abuse in television interview Photo: Oprah Winfrey Network

Matthew Sandusky to discuss childhood abuse in television interview

Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, will appear in his first television interview since Jerry's conviction on 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012.

In the interview, which will air on a July 17 episode of "Oprah Prime" on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Sandusky will reveal details about Jerry's abuse of him as a child. Matthew said in 2012 that he was sexually abused by his father.

A clip of the interview was released on Wednesday. Describing bedtime as "the bad part," Sandusky says "at bedtime, his ritual began."

OWN also released a statement about the episode.

...During the trial, Matthew gave a statement to local police that Jerry started sexually abusing him around the age of 10-years-old, though he was not one of the ten victims Jerry was convicted of abusing in the criminal trial...

He shares a deeply personal account of the grooming, methodical control and manipulation he faced as a child and responds to the accusations his adoptive mother, Dottie Sandusky, made on national television accusing him of lying and stealing from the family. Additionally, Matthew talks about the foundation he established to help victims of child abuse and trauma.  

- Chris Johnson

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