Ex-NFL player encourages sex abuse victims to speak out

March 5, 2008 2:25:45 PM PST
An ex-football player who says he was sexually abused as a teenager is encouraging child sexual abuse victims in Delaware not to be afraid to step forward. Members of the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, traveled to Wilmington on Wednesday to encourage law enforcement officials to extend their support and encouragement to victims of pedophilia.

With them was former linebacker Al Chesley, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Chesley says he was abused as a young teenager. Chesley says until now he has been unwilling or unable to tell his story publicly.

Chesley says other victims of molestation need to know that they are not to blame and that there are people willing to help them if they reach out.