Honoring Their Voices, a virtual series, will amplify the voices of survivors and others with lived experience of child sexual abuse through engaging and compelling conversations.

Each conversation will be hosted live via Zoom and will include a Q&A session for attendees to chat with our special guests and experts.


 

Stephen Mills HeadshotAbout the Author: Stephen Mills is the coauthor of Next of Kin, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. He has advised and written for an array of public interest organizations in the fields of human rights & environmental protection. Stephen is honored to serve as an Ambassador for CHILD USA and a board member of CHILD USAdvocacy. He lives in California with his wife, Susan

“The trauma of sexual abuse is shared by one out of every six men, yet very few have broken their silence. Unflinching and compulsively readable, CHOSEN eloquently speaks for those countless others and their families. It is a rare act of consummate courage and generosity—the indelible story of a man who faces his torment and his tormentor and, in the process, is made whole.” 

 


Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood: 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, whose father died when he was four, places his trust in this authority figure, who first grooms and then molests him for two years.

Stephen tells no one, but the aftershocks rip through his adult life, as intense as his denial: self-loathing, drug abuse, petty crime, and horrific nightmares, all made worse by the discovery that his abuser is moving from camp to camp, state to state, 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. Unflinching and compulsively readable, CHOSEN eloquently speaks for those countless others and their families. It is a rare act of consummate courage and generosity—the indelible story of a man who faces his torment and his tormentor and, in the process, is made whole.

Learn more about Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood by visiting Stephen’s website here.