80 to 85% of men and boys never come forward and report the abuse… Out of FEAR & Shame!! Take time to listen to this heart wrenching interview, it will change your life and your relationships with family and friends for ever!!!
KOKSRadio Interview: Patrick Dati is a survivor of child abuse and years of bullying.
Patrick is now a nationally recognized Child Advocate seeking to promote increased awareness of child abuse and bullying, and deliver a message of hope onto victims.
I AM ME helps educate survivors and others who just want to learn more about the pain, needs, fears, hopes and the recovery process of an adult survivor.
For millions of victims on the path to recovery, I AM ME is the next step. This is my story of childhood abuse, sibling bullying and hiding from who I was. I am a survivor and want to help others heal as I did from my trauma and show them there is hope.
Statistics show that most boys and men do not come forward about abuse out of shame and fear. I was one of those statistics but after years of depression and attempts with suicide I decided it was time to tell my story. I hid my entire life to please my family and others around me out of fear that they would disown me and not accept me for me. I want to help others who suffer and show them that not only can they survive but I can help them with the steps they need to take to enjoy life again.
Increasing public awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of children led to the passage of the first Federal child protection legislation, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), in 1974. While CAPTA has been amended many times over the years, most recently with the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, the purpose of the original legislation remains intact. Today, the Children’s Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the Federal agency charged with supporting States, Tribes, and communities in providing programs and services to protect children and strengthen families.
Patrick now forty-nine came forward about two years ago, tells his compelling story of being bullied by his older brother and the only known surviver out of thirty-three children who were killed by the notorious serial killer… John Wayne Gacy.
Patrick, you are a brave man to come forward with your story. You don’t know how you might help others through your words. It is through others stories that I’ve been able to counsel my children on how to stay safe. If nobody talks about monsters like this, it makes it so much easier for them to hide in society and not be found out.
I would like to personally thank Patrick for being on our today, his story is one everyone should be aware of in today’s world of online and social media hook ups… this can happen to anyone that is in the wrong place at the right time… Thanks again for sharing!!