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Matthew  Sandusky

Matthew Sandusky

Child Sexual Abuse Survivor & Co-Founder of Peaceful Hearts Foundation


The Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal was one of the most highly publicized sex abuse cases in history. During the trial, Matthew disclosed that his adopted father, Jerry Sandusky, from ages 10-16 sexually abused him. Matthew’s disclosure interview to police was leaked to the media, resulting in him and his family being placed in the center of a media firestorm. Read More >

Through the traumatic experiences Matthew has gone through, he has decided to take on the role of advocate for CSA survivors. Matthew is giving survivors a voice to raise awareness to an epidemic that still remains mostly silent. He is also showing survivors there is hope and that healing does happen. By speaking publicly, he hopes to bring more awareness to the fact that males are sexually abused and that help is needed.

Founder of Peaceful Hearts Foundation, along with his wife Kim, Matthew helps promote stronger statute of limitation laws, education for children and adults, a survivor fund to help alleviate costs of treatment for CSA survivors, stronger mandated reporter laws and other legislation as the need arises. Peaceful Hearts also helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse find the support and love they need and deserve.

Matthew started to tell his story in a documentary, Happy Valley. In the film, he discusses his life with the Sandusky family, his abuse at the hands of his adopted father, and the way a community treated he and his family in the wake of his disclosure. Matthew also took part in a sit down, one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Matthew uses his life’s story to motivate people to take action to prevent CSA and how to positively engage and support adult survivors of CSA. He hopes that by telling his story, he is able to show survivors that hope always exists and that healing will happen. Matthew Sandusky attended Penn State University, studying business. “We have been broken, but with Love and Support, we will rebuild and become stronger than we ever could have imagined.” Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Hope & Healing