Local Cardiologist Reveals His Family’s Personal Story of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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The Moose’s Children: A Memoir of Betrayal, Death, and Survival shows how the horrible toll of child abuse is felt far beyond the victim.

The Moose’s Children: A Memoir of Betrayal, Death, and Survival”, a new memoir by David M. Mokotoff, M.D., describes in unflinching detail how the childhood rape of his deceased wife destroyed more than just the victim, and more than one family. The perpetrator of the crime died one year ago, and was never prosecuted. With recent publicity surrounding the Penn State child molestation case, this book gives a local face, by a prominent member of the community, to childhood sexual abuse. Mokotoff, M.D. had been a practicing cardiologist in St. Petersburg, Fl. since 1982.

Written from the point of view of the abused survivor’s spouse and daughter, who has written a special chapter, the memoir has already been critically reviewed by Erin Merryn. Merryn, an abuse survivor, is a published author, speaker, and the force behind the state of Illinois’ 2011 “Erin’s Law.” A unique forward by her is included. The prestigious Kirkus Book Review (http://www.kirkusreviews.com) has also recently reviewed the book.

Including personal photos and interviews with surviving family members, this gripping story gives a native Florida look to childhood rape, molestation, and incest. Often quoted in the St. Petersburg Times, and author of many articles in respected journals such as JAMA and Medical Economics, Mokotoff’s story is a must-read in this new day of breaking old taboos, coming out of the shadows, and healing. Ironically, after the book was published, yet another brother of the victim died of alcohol abuse, and a sister of the victim, herself abused, attempted suicide. During the 1970’s, the St. Petersburg Police Department repeatedly failed to follow-up on multiple leads. Decades later, the Florida State Attorney’s office likewise failed to prosecute the perpetrator, who was acquitted due to legal technicalities. Both of these claims are documented in the book.

“The Moose’s Children: A Memoir of Betrayal, Death, and Survival” is now available online at http://www.davidmokotoff.com, http://www.buybooksontheweb.com, http://www.amazon.com, Amazon’s Kindle store, or at Haslam’s bookstore, 2025 Central Avenue, in St. Petersburg. For every book sold, $5 will be donated to RAINN, Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating childhood rape, abuse and incest.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact the author.

CONTACT: David Mokotoff
Telephone: 727-820-0808
Cell phone: 727-420-7788
Email: davidmmokotoff(at)gmail(dot)com


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