Every story has a beginning. Every cause a catalyst.
Mine was an emotional and mental implosion at the age of 45, when I had total recall of the sexual abuse I had suffered from around 4-16 by both my parents and their friends. I talk about this more extensively on the No Working Title book site.
When I started to try and find someone to talk to, I just couldn’t. All the support groups were for women only. Therapists and church groups in my area only wanted to talk to women or hold groups for women. I remember being clearly told, “You are probably a stalker, men don’t get abused,” and my favorite, “you don’t know what we are going through, all men are abusers.”
So I began to write poetry as a way to help process my memories. I published them anonymously online, and something started to happen. I ended up with 10,000 followers and then 100,000 followers on social media and a very genuine conversation started to happen. A conversation about the sexual abuse of boys and its effect on them as they grow into manhood. I published my art/therapy, No Working Title: A Life in Progress, anonymously in 2013 as an e-book, and then in hardcover in 2015.
In 2015, as one of the few advocates for the impact of sexual abuse on boys and men, I was approached to be a part of a documentary on Sex Trafficking and the time for anonymity was over. I wanted the world to know what damage happens to someone who is subjected to the sorts of things I was. I want those of us who daily feel desperate to know that there is hope, and that we can make a difference. I wanted to start a sane and safe conversation about the impact of sexual abuse and pornography on boys as they grow into manhood.
The mission of the foundation is to Give A Voice to those that do not have one. Through our work in bringing Awareness, Education, Training and Rescue we desire to make a difference in peoples lives by tackling the hard topics of the effects of pornography, sexual abuse and human trafficking. If William Wilberforce could cause the tide of slavery to change in his lifetime, so can we.
For information on my books on turning Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Strength, please visit www.drjohnaking.com