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Dati speaks with The Advocate Magazine

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June 1, 2017
This Gay Man Breaks the Silence on His Domestic Abuse Horror Story

Intimate partner violence is a serious yet oft-ignored issue facing LGBT people, says the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. To help break the cycle, Patrick Dati shares his experience.

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Windy City Times

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June 1, 2017
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Patrick Dati raises voice against domestic abuse

After coming out, Patrick Dati fell for a man who seemed great at first, but later began physically abusing him.

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Patrick Dati joins the Elite Speaker’s Bureau

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March 2017
Patrick Dati joins the Elite Speaker’s Bureau

Author, Anti-Violence Advocate and Motivational Speaker Patrick Dati Teams Up With Renowned Domestic Violence Expert Denise Brown to Address Domestic Abuse Impacting Gay and Straight Men and LGBTQ People

Dati Signs on with Brown’s “The Elite Speaker’s Bureau” as its First Gay Male Survivor to Speak on Domestic Violence

To learn more or book Patrick;

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Obama to Dati: “I stand with you.”

August 16, 2016
President Obama responds to letter from Dati

Obama Letter to Dati

Patrick Dati on Windy City Live!

September 21, 2014
Windy City Live/ABC7 Chicago
Child Predators: How to Protect Your Child

“On this special show titled, “Child Predators: How to Protect Your Child,” we were joined by Patrick Dati, who had a horrifying encounter with serial killer John Wayne Gacy when he was only 9 years old, and lived to talk about it.”

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Patrick Dati: The Sitdown

August 7, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
The Sitdown: Patrick Dati, anti-bullying advocate and child abuse prevention spokesperson

“The lifelong Chicagoan was 9, he says, when late serial killer John Wayne Gacy raped him in a restroom of Goldblatt’s department store on Belmont near Central in the winter of 1973. He kept the deeply scarring and life-altering incident secret for three-and-a-half decades and recently included a detailed account of it in his self-published memoir “I Am Me: Survivor of Child Abuse and Bullying Speaks Out.” Now he’s an advocate for victims of bullying and abuse, teaching them by example how to “reclaim” their lives.”

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Gacy survivor Dati on life and new book, “I Am Me”

January 29, 2014
Windy City Times
Gacy Survivor Dati on Life and New Book, “I Am Me”

“As a 9-year-old, Patrick Dati’s life changed forever when serial killer John Wayne Gacy raped him in the men’s bathroom of the now defunct Goldblatt’s department store on a winter morning in January 1972.”

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Male survivors of sexual assault break silence, combat stigma

July 21, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Male survivors of sexual assault break silence, combat stigma

“Consider the story of Patrick Dati and Dawn Smith. About two years ago, Smith was looking for ways to help her preteen son, who recently had tried to commit suicide after suffering years of sexual abuse, she said. She stumbled across Dati’s website, where he shared his story of being raped by serial killer John Wayne Gacy when he was 9 years old.”

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Violence Against Women Act shines a light on same-sex abuse

March 14, 2013
Violence Against Women Act shines a light on same-sex abuse

“Patrick Dati had reached his breaking point. With a metal pin in his arm and Vicodin coursing through his veins, he picked up the phone to call his psychiatrist.”

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Surviving John Wayne Gacy – Patrick’s Story

August 23, 2013
D-Talks Radio
“Surviving John Wayne Gacy – Patrick’s Story”

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“Statistics show that over 80% of boys and men do not come forward about abuse out of fear and shame. Patrick Dati was one of those statistics, but after years of depression and attempts with suicide, he decided to tell his story.”

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