Men in My Town

As Victims, Men Struggle for Rape Awareness

Posted in Men in My Town by Keith Smith on January 24, 2012

Michael Nagle for The New York Times. Keith Smith was raped when he was a 14-year-old hitchhiker.

New York Times reporter Roni Caryn Rabin talks with Keith Smith, Stranger Abduction Sexual Assault Survivor about Male Rape. Click here to read the New York Times article. A version of this article appeared in print on January 24, 2012, on page D 1 of the New York edition with the headline: Men Struggle for Rape Awareness.


Keith Smith, the author of Men in My Town, is a Survivor of a Stranger Abduction Sexual Assault and a Keynote Speaker on the topic of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

The story of Keith’s assault and his transition from sexual assault victim to survivor has been featured in newspapers and magazines and his program, “5 Steps You Can Take to Keep Kids Safe” has been discussed on radio and television.

Keith has lobbied government officials to prevent cutbacks to sex abuse prevention and counseling programs and he’s testified before the New Jersey State Senate Judiciary Committee seeking to eliminate the statute of limitation in civil actions relating to sex crimes committed against children.

Keith’s story has been covered by the New York Times. He participated in Oprah Winfrey’s award-winning show, 200 Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, was featured on Perspective : New Jersey with ABC Investigative Reporter Nora Muchanic and appeared on Anderson Cooper’s Special, State of Shame: The Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal.

More information is available at

Information about his novel, Men in My Town can be found at

Keith’s Men in My Town LinkedIn Profile can be viewed at

Email Keith Smith at


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  1. Ron Truppa said, on March 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Great article, Keith! Amazing stuff! And very GQ picture to go with it!

  2. Jacqueline Testa said, on March 29, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Keith, what a tragic story. To think this still happends to this day is insane. I live in Lincoln, Rhode Island off of one of the back roads you mentioned in the book. All the landmarks, bars, streets, the parks and other buildings are still there. I had my niece and nephew who are the age you were read your book. Thanks for telling your story and the great advice you give. Jackie, Lincoln, Rhode Island

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