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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

To say Kevin Kline had a tough 1975 is probably an understatement.

The Dubuque man, who is now a pastor for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, was a victim of sex trafficking that year.

For more than 30 years, he kept that story to himself, suppressing the anger, bearing guilt, and even trying to kill himself one time.

In 2012, he finally decided to seek treatment. He shared the story for the first time and was encouraged to journal about it. 

He then shared the story with his friend, Dan Maurer, who is a freelance author. He encouraged Kline to write a book about his experience.

Now, Kline's story is forever on paper in his book, "Faraway - A Suburban Boy's Story as a Victim of Sex Trafficking."

He's trying to raise awareness for the male victims of sex trafficking.

"There's a whole population of kids who are not being addressed, who are basically invisible," Kline said. 

"The hope for me is that others might read this and would raise awareness that this happens to men as well. Hopefully men who've gone through this might read it and see that they're not alone," he said.

Maurer is happy to have worked on the book with Kline.

"It's a story about friendship and it's a story about hope: That there's hope for people who haven't found or heard that hope in years," Maurer said.

And there's another reason Kline wants to get his story out there too. 

"I held so much guilt and bore so much responsibility for what happened to me, and so realizing this that happened then doesn't define who I am now, and that I can have a real life," he said. "'Cause it does a job on you. It messes with your head in terrible ways."

The Kindle e-book version is now available, and the paperback version can be pre-ordered online. The book hits bookstores in May.

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