Dana Jacobson. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
By Mike Foss, USA TODAY
Former ESPN personality Dana Jacobson has spoken out in the wake of Jerry Sandusky's conviction about a personal experience.
Jacobson left the network in April, and posted her story of being violated by a male babysitter on her blog this morning:
Like the young men who bravely took the stand in the Sandusky trial, I was molested as a child. That's still not easy for me to say, let alone write and share publicly, but if we've learned anything from the Sandusky scandal it's that the time for silence is over. As I heard one Sandusky victim put it, it's time to "find my voice."
It was something I couldn't do when I was molested. I didn't speak out, no matter how many chances I may have had. I just couldn't. Travis Weaver, one of the young men who testified in front of the grand jury in the Sandusky case but not at trial did an interview which aired on Rock Center last week. He said he was scared to say anything because he thought no one would believe him. I know that feeling.
That's what these monsters count on, our silence. They have the power and they know it.
Jacobson went on to write this is the first time she has publicly spoken about these tragic events of her youth. However, she recounts telling her family:
I eventually had to tell my parents and my brother what had happened. It wasn't just to take the shame or embarrassment away, there was more to it.
Jacobson's full story can be read here.