April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and RMA Publicity is helping get the word out about a new effort to help an underserved segment of the population of victims: boys.
Rev. Kevin Kline, who was himself a victim of trafficking in his youth, is working to create resources that will help male victims. It’s a cause near and dear to his heart.
When Rev. Kline was 14-years-old in the summer of 1975, a friend from school who, like him was gay, hand delivered him to a pimp who coerced him into servicing men in St. Louis. For 3-months he had sex with men for money, afterwards, returning to his suburban home. His parents had no idea what was going on.
The trafficking went on all summer long. Kline says he eventually stopped returning his pimp's calls after two friends he made on the streets, fellow trafficking victims, both died. One was hit by a van. The other died of exposure.
Kline tried to put what happened behind him, and did a pretty good job of it for 30 years. Then one day he was mugged and all the terrible feelings about what had happened came flooding back.
His psychologist encouraged him to journal about his feelings and that journal eventually turned into the book, Faraway: A Suburban Boy's Story as a Victim of Sex Trafficking. Kline’s co-author is Dan Maurer, who specializes in telling transformative stories under the Dan the Story Man brand. Maurer is also the author of Sobriety: A Graphic Novel, which explains the 12-step recovery process through comics.
A book tour has been planned to promote both books in April, which coincidentally is also national Alcohol Awareness Month. Several media placements have already been secured. On Sat., April 11, Kline will share his story on KSTP’s 8 a.m. show. He will be on News and Views with Roshini Radjkumar on Sun., April 12; and the Minnesota tour to promote the book kicks off on April 14.
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Learn more about Faraway: A Suburban Boy's Story as a Victim of Sex Trafficking at www.faraway-book.com. More information about Sobriety: A Graphic Novel can be found at www.danthestoryman.com.