Matt Sandusky, sex assault victim, speaks in Ottawa

Matt Sandusky, a high-profile victim of sexual assault, spoke at an event in Ottawa on Thursday.

3 panelists, including Sandusky, discussed their abuse Thursday night

Three victims of sexual assault, including Matt Sandusky, spoke at an event in Ottawa Thursday. 2:14

Three survivors of child sexual abuse spoke Thursday night in Ottawa, including the adopted son of former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

In 2012 Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison after he was found guilty of 45 counts of sexually abusing young boys.

Matt Sandusky, his adopted son, now speaks about the seven years of abuse he suffered as a child. He says everyone — including victims — has a role to play in stopping child abuse.

Matt Sandusky was visiting Ottawa to promote his organization Peaceful Hearts, which helps survivors of child abuse.

To watch excerpts from Thursday's discussion, watch CBC reporter Simon Gardner's TV report in the video player above.

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