Sandusky trial a victory for child abuse advocates
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The verdict in the Jerry Sandusky trial was considered a win for child abuse advocates. Julie Cecile of the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center said she was happy to see that jurors listened to the testimony and believed the victims in the Sandusky case.
She said she hopes the national attention will send a message to victims in any community that there is support out there and justice can be served.
"I hope that that gives them the strength and the courage to come forward because it does obviously take a lot of courage and bravery to come forward and tell that secret," said Cecile. "We want to make sure those victims know that it doesn't have to be in such a public way. It can be a very private and very supportive."
Cecile said since the Sandusky case went public, they have seen a rise in the number of adult survivors coming forward. She also encourages anyone who suspects child abuse to call the Child Abuse Hotline and report it. The number is 1-800-342-3720.