A Boy Scout’s Jus­tice

DNA Magazine - - THE MONTH IN A MINUTE -

Pee Shy is the grip­ping mem­oir of Man­hat­tan physi­cian Frank Spinelli who pur­sued the Scout­mas­ter who sex­u­ally abused him when he was 11 years old. As an adult with a s uc­cess­ful med­i­cal prac­tice, Spinelli read on­line that his for­mer Scout­mas­ter, who was also a po­lice­man, wrote a book por­tray­ing him­self as a hero cop who talked a sui­ci­dal ado­les­cent boy off a ledge and then adopted him. This star­tling dis­cov­ery spurred Spinelli into con­tin­u­ing his search.

With dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion, he lo­cated his abuser and, in a chill­ing phone call, learned the man adopted 15 boys in to­tal! Re­al­is­ing his for­mer Scout­mas­ter was still mo­lest­ing young boys, Spinelli set out to stop him through a grind­ingly slow le­gal sys­tem and re­cal­ci­trant wit­nesses. He did this while ne­go­ti­at­ing a new ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship and de­spite the emo­tional scars from his past. Spinelli suf­fers a pho­bia of uri­nat­ing due to this past trauma and en­dured a his­tory of be­ing un­able to main­tain in­ti­macy. Re­call­ing how his par­ents en­rolled him in the Boy Scouts to mould him into “a nor­mal boy” and re­veal­ing the in­sid­i­ous na­ture of the man at its helm, Pee Shy ul­ti­mately leads to re­demp­tion, clo­sure and a lov­ing re­la­tion­ship with his hus­band, Chad.

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