Men in My Town

Smith’s book being made into screenplay

Posted in Men in My Town by Keith Smith on November 13, 2010

by JON BAKER                                                                                        Monday, November 8, 2010

LINCOLN — It took years for author and Lincoln native Keith Smith to be able to speak about his abduction and sexual assault, but he readily admits nowadays he’s free of all fear, guilt, shame and embarrassment that stems from being victimized.

In fact, he told over two dozen friends during his recent presentation, “Reasonable Steps We Can Take to Keep Children Safe” that his book Men in My Town is now being developed into a screenplay by former Lincoln resident and current Hollywood writer / producer Ron Truppa.

Smith talks about the necessity of having background checks on all personnel working with children in extracurricular activities, sports programs and summer camps during his program in Lincoln. TIMES photo by BUTCH ADAMS.

How that came to fruition is a story in itself, Smith smiled.

“Ron reached out to me in the first week of December 2009,” he recalled.  “He learned about Men in My Town from a posting on a Social Networking site. Although we had never met, Ron and I grew up in Lincoln, graduated from Lincoln High School and both went on to receive Political Science degrees from Providence College.”

“I was excited about getting a call from a writer / producer in LA.” he added. “In one of our early phone conversations Ron said, ‘I think I found the Rhode Island project I’ve been looking for.’ After a few phone calls and hours of conversations, I felt an immediate connection with Ron.”

A few weeks later, Truppa flew from Los Angeles to the Ocean State, and Smith drove from his home in New Jersey to Lincoln, and the tandem got together for an entire day, sharing stories and thoughts.

“We retraced the events of the night (March 1, 1974) from the Barber Shop on Front Street where I left my youth hockey team meeting, to the spot where I was abducted in Lonsdale, to where I attempted to jump out of the car in Fairlawn, to where I was assaulted in Lime Rock,” Smith noted. “We went to places described in Men in My Town, the bars, the basketball courts, the race track (now Twin Rivers casino), the police station, restaurants, the bowling alley, the streets in Fairlawn and to my assailants home on Washington Street in Central Falls. We captured the entire journey, our conversation and my description of the events of the night on film.”

“Over the past year, I’ve come to know Ron as a talented, creative, successful movie and television executive, an ‘L.A. Guy’ by way of Rhode Island. I’m glad he took an interest in developing Men in My Town as a movie. I’m really pleased we’re working together. I look forward to shooting this ‘Rhode Island story’ right here in Rhode Island.”

That’s not all for Smith who has testified to government officials to prevent cutbacks to programs serving child victims of sex crimes; appeared on several live radio and TV programs; and done blog interviews with “The Indie Spotlight” and Mike Angley, an award-winning author and retired colonel of the U. S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

And, this past Friday, he participated with actor Tyler Perry and 199 other men on Oprah Winfrey’s groundbreaking TV show she called “Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.”

When asked what’s next in his life, he stated he will continue to take his “Reasonable Steps We Can Take to Keep Children Safe” message on the road, seeking out opportunities with all types of media to publicize his speaking engagements; and to let people know he’s available as a keynote speaker for conferences, seminars and fundraising events benefiting non-profit organizations, government agencies, companies and professional associations dedicated to helping children who have been sexually abused.

As for his presentation at the Courtyard Marriott on Route 116 in Lincoln in late October, Smith promised it exceeded his expectations.

“It was wonderful to finally share with family and friends the story I’ve kept silent for so long.” he said. “Their support that evening, and their love and friendship over the years, has been a source of great strength and support. They’re a great group of people, and I’m fortunate to have them as family and friends.”

For those who wish to purchase his book, they are available for $14.99 in paperback and $9.99 Kindle at http://www.amazon.com

He stated it consistently has been ranked in Amazon’s Top Ten Biographies & Memoirs in New England and is currently ranked No. 6 after being at No. 2 throughout August.

“Between paperback and Kindle sales, over 1,000 copies of Men in My Town have been sold,” he said proudly.

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  1. mama_sunshine said, on November 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Keith, I don’t know you, but I’m so proud of you! 🙂 I want to see someone who I love dearly overcome the guilt and shame they carry because of what a family member did to them.

  2. danceswghosts said, on November 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I just read your reply to my email. Thank you so much for your courage and your kind words. It means so much to me and I know it will mean so much to Jerry.

    My 20 year old son Jerry was recently arrested for the murder of the sexual predator that raped him between the ages of 12 and about 17. This has been a nightmare for my son and everyone close to him. This has devastated the family and my son. Then to find out 2 other (that I know of) boys had come forward, one 4 years ago, to the police department only to be blown off with “not enough evidence” is unbelievable. One predatory monster and so many young boys life’s forever shattered.

    When this first happened my mind would scream, “WHY DID HE NOT TELL US!.” I have been taking a crash course in child sexual abuse and now I know . The shame and fear that was inflicted on the boys to keep them quiet is soul killing. This predator took many, many pictures. Not just for his sexual gratification but to “prove” that these boys were “little faggots”. He threatened to harm the families and used drugs and alcohol as control.

    Relatively this just happened (my son was arrested Oct 23) he has not had formal arraignment yet. However, all I could see was blackness ahead. I am overwhelmed sometimes to the point of despair. I get paralyzed with fear for my son.

    I had not seen the Oprah show when it aired on the 5th but saw it first time 3 days ago. I came to your site Keith, and what I read was not just a story of depraved violence but of renewal, hope and redemption for a shattered soul. I started to cry, I cry all the time anymore, but these were not tears of rage. For a brief period I saw some light. I do not pretend to be healed and whole. My son and my long journey is now just beginning. But you gave me something to grasp onto. However fragile the world seems now there are survivors. You were so gracious in your email to me.

    In no way do I want to imply that murder is acceptable. I do not believe in vigilante justice. However I do not believe what has happened to my son is acceptable either. And I do not believe he deserve life without parole.

    But the silence that surrounds the issue of male sexual assault is literally deadly. There is so very much I want to say but I cannot at this time. For anyone that reads your blog my sons defense site is http://www.standbyjerry.com It just went up this week. We are applying for a nonprofit status. You gently showed me what the site is missing…hope. I am dedicating a section to you and survival. I hope to have it up by Monday. God bless you and your loved ones Keith. Debbra


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