Session 1F: CHOSEN: A Male Survivor's Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse to Recovery and Justice
Track: Advocacy and Communications
Author Stephen Mills talks about his new book—CHOSEN: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood—with Norene Roberts. CHOSEN recounts a devastating sexual assault at age 13, his painful process of recovery, and a decades-long quest to stop a serial predator and get justice. Kirkus Reviews called the book "An unforgettable memoir of sexual abuse and its lifelong consequences." The novelist Junot Díaz said: "CHOSEN is destined to be a classic because this is a book that will save lives."
For more about the book, go to: https://stephenmillsauthor.com
Read what the NYT says about the book: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/26/books/review/chosen-stephen-mills.html
Norene Roberts currently serves as the Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator at the Children’s Justice Center of King County. Norene’s past work includes serving as the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children’s (CSEC) Liaison for the Washington State Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), and managing Catherine Booth House, a confidentially located domestic violence shelter. Additionally, Norene served as the primary researcher for ECPAT-USA’s work focused on the commercial sexual exploitation of boys in the United States, culminating in the publication of And Boys Too in 2013. Norene’s other past experience includes work with organizations focused on sexual assault, youth homelessness, and child abuse and neglect. She holds a policy-focused Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University in New York City and a dual Women’s Studies and Multicultural Studies Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washingto
Stephen Mills is the author of Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood. He is also the co-author of Next of Kin: My Conversations with Chimpanzees, 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, civil liberties, and the environment. Since 1983, he has worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council, building campaigns that have mobilized millions of people in support of environmental protection. Stephen is honored to serve as an Ambassador for CHILD USA.