When Mike Spano was 12 years old, he was approached by a man near his home and sexually abused. Convinced that his story can help save many lives, Mike Spano will reveal his story of sexual abuse during the launch of the fourth season of the #YoDigoNoMas Talk Show.
Mike Spano was able to overcome this painful experience and become a successful man who seeks to help others from the experience he lived through actions that have allowed him to positively impact the community.
His story of sexual abuse became a family secret that was never spoken about. At the time of the events, Mike Spano spoke about his experience with the police detectives who handled his case. But, in his family, a conversation about what had happened to him never took place, he never received a hug, nor was he able to express how he felt. He simply carried his pain for years, alone, and in silence.
This Wednesday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), will be the launch of the first episode of the fourth season of the Talk Show #YoDigoNoMas, in which you will learn the story of Mike Spano, mayor of Yonkers, who, after many years of silence, decided to speak for the first time about the experience of sexual abuse he suffered. This happened when he was part of the New York State Assembly, in the middle of the movement that allowed the approval of “Megan’s Law”.
Her story, like many others you will also see this season, is a reflection of how breaking the silence can help others and have a positive impact on the community.
The first time he spoke out about his history of sexual abuse.
After many years of silence about an experience of sexual abuse he suffered at the age of twelve, Mike Spano, Mayor of Yonkers (New York), spoke for the first time about the “incident.” He did this as part of the New York State Assembly, in the midst of the Movement that allowed the passage of “Megan’s Law” on October 31, 1994.
“Megan’s Law” originated after the sexual assault and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka by the man who lived in the front house, a two-time convicted sex offender. This law requires that convicted sex offenders are registered at the local police station and, in cases where they may pose a risk to the community, the community be notified of their descriptions and whereabouts in order to provide greater protection for minors.
Fourth Season of the #YoDigoNoMas Talk Show
This Wednesday, January 18, at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) will be the launch of the fourth season of the #YoDigoNoMas Talk Show, the safe and trusted space for survivors of sexual abuse to share their stories of abuse and move toward healing.
The story of Mike Spano, who at age 12 was a victim of sexual abuse and is now a government official with a remarkable career, is proof that a painful experience does not have to define a person’s life.
This will be the first story, of seven, that we will be able to watch on Wednesdays every two weeks through the official YouTube channel of the #YoDigoNoMas Movement. In addition to the inspiring stories of our guests, we will also be able to hear insights from trauma-informed mental health professionals about the experiences of our guests.
If you want to know more, we invite you to get to know our Movement and join our cause.