Family & Children's Center to welcome author Matthew Sandusky

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Family and Children's Center in South Bend is working to bring an end to child abuse in Michiana. The Center will welcome Matthew Sandusky to the Century Center April 18.

ABC57 Morning Anchor Emily Evans will be sitting down with him for an exclusive, one-on-one interview ahead of the event.

Sandusky is the author of "Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse." 

Matthew Sandusky. Matthew Sandusky.

He is a victim of childhood sexual abuse. His abuser was his adopted father and former Penn State Assistant Football Coach, Jerry Sandusky.

The Center's Executive Director Roxanne Ultz says she hopes his message will empower our community to protect children from abuse.

"I think it is key for the community to hear his message and to be able to identify signs of grooming behaviors and really know that prevention works. The effects of abuse are lifelong. And unfortunately, for some, that is mental trauma, and definitely physical trauma, so really being a lot to the prevention side of things that he will speak to is key. And it takes an entire community for that," Ultz said.

The event will coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

It's happening Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at South Bend's Century Center.

You can buy tickets here. And click here to learn more about the Family and Children's Center. 

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