Cho­sen: A Mem­oir of Stolen Boyhood

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2021

At thir­teen years old, Stephen Mills is cho­sen for spe­cial atten­tion by the direc­tor of his Jew­ish sum­mer camp, a charis­mat­ic social work­er intent on becom­ing his friend. Stephen places his trust in this author­i­ty fig­ure, who first grooms and then molests him for two years.

The after­shocks rip through his adult life: self-loathing, drug abuse, pet­ty crime, and hor­rif­ic night­mares, all made worse by the dis­cov­ery that his abuser is molest­ing oth­er boys. Only phys­i­cal and men­tal col­lapse bring Stephen to con­front the truth of his boy­hood and begin the painful process of recov­ery — as well as a decades-long cru­sade to stop a ser­i­al preda­tor, find jus­tice, and hold to account those who failed the chil­dren in their care.

The trau­ma of sex­u­al abuse is shared by one out of every six men, yet very few have bro­ken their silence. Cho­sen elo­quent­ly speaks for those count­less oth­ers and their fam­i­lies. It is the indeli­ble sto­ry of a man who faces his tor­ment and his tor­men­tor and, in the process, is made whole.

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