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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Penn State Sandusky scandal: Mother of alleged victim speaks out (video)

(Watch the video interview with one of the alleged Jerry Sandusky assault victims here.)

The mother of the boy who triggered the ongoing investigation of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s alleged child abuse spoke in an exclusive interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” providing more chilling insight to the scope of the scandal.

In the interview, the mother of the boy referred to in court documents as Victim 1, explained the reluctance of her son to reveal Sandusky’s alleged abuse. She said she was unaware that Sandusky was pulling her son out of class during the day and leaving school with him.

It was at the boy’s Clinton County high school that a wrestling coach witnessed what he described as inappropriate touching between Sandusky and Victim 1, according to grand jury presentment. It was only after the mother expressed concerns about her son’s well being to the school that school officials barred Sandusky from the school district, according to the assistant principal.

“I’m infuriated... Even if they had the slightest inclination that anything inappropriate was going on it should have been reported, or at least brought to my attention,” the boy’s mother said. “I didn’t even know he was leaving the school with my child, taking him out of classes. They never told me that.”

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The sister of the then-11-year-old boy who was allegedly molested in a shower by Sandusky is mortified that students at Penn State are making jokes about being “Sanduskied” on campus.

A junior at the university, the student told Patriot-News reported Sara Ganim that she “can’t escape it.”

“I’ve been going to minimal classes, because every class I go to I get sick to my stomach. People are making jokes about it. I understand they don’t know I’m involved and it was my brother, but it’s still really hard to swallow that.”

More coverage of the Penn State scandal from The Washington Post:

Timeline: The case against Sandusky

Video: Trustees announce firing of Joe Paterno

Early Lead: Mike McQueary will not attend Penn State game vs. Nebraska following death threats

Thomas Boswell: A sad end for Paterno

Jason Reid: Board did the right thing

Sally Jenkins: Blame for the scandal does not lie with Joe Paterno

John Feinstein: Scandal threatens one of sports’ greatest legacies

Tracee Hamilton: Joe Paterno ignored his moral responsibility

Early Lead: Penn State students rally to support Joe Paterno

Hard Hits: Jerry Sandusky scandal shocks former player LaVar Arrington

Mike Wise: Penn State is close to beyond redemption

Early Lead: Scandal may affect incoming football recruits

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