Boy in the Mirror: An Athletic Director's Struggle to Survive Sexual Abuse as a Child

Boy in the Mirror: An Athletic Director's Struggle to Survive Sexual Abuse as a Child




For forty-four years, Jim Bartko kept a secret: when he was a boy in the 1970s, he was repeatedly sexually molested by his youth basketball coach, a priest. He tried to forget the memory by self-medication, dissociation, and busying himself in his job as an associate athletic director at the University of Oregon and, later, as head athletic director at Fresno State University. When, in 2016, he broke down and told a therapist--then later went public in a story in the "Fresno Bee"--his world would never be the same. Within a year he'd lost his job, he'd lost his marriage, and he'd lost his reputation. What he found, however, was priceless: courage, true friends, and the freedom to no longer allow others to define his worth. Says ESPN's Neil Everett: "Boy in the Mirror is a testmanent to Jim Bartko's unflinching courage." And says Nike co-founder Phil Knight: "A triumph over adversity. Should be an inspiration to many."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734668308
Publisher: James A. Bartko
Publication date: 03/02/2020
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

As an associate athletic director for 20 years, Jim Bartko helped drive the University of Oregon's innovative athletic program to unprecedented levels. After a stint as athletic director at Fresno State, Bartko returned to UO in 2018, where he is now Senior Ambassador, Alumni Relations. In 2020, Bartko began a partnership with UO's Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, which includes the James Barkto Child Abuse & Scholarship fund.

Welch is the author of more than twenty-five books, including The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury's One-Man High-Jump Revolution, chosen as the Track & Field Writers of America's 2019 Book of the Year. His book about the first nurse to die after the landings at Normandy, American Nightingale, was an Oregon Book Award finalist and featured on ABC's Good Morning America. He is a two-time winner of the National Society of Newspaper Columnist's "Best Writing" award.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Tinker Hatfield xi

Author’s note xiii

Prologue 15

Boy in the Mirror 25

Epilogue 213


To readers in general 215

To fellow surviviors of sexual abuse in particular 217

Fighting Childhood Sexual Abuse 219

Phyllis D. Barkhurst, Jeff Todahl

Co-Directors, Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect

College of Education, University of Oregon

Acknowledgments 223

Contact information 227


Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter to Oaskland Bishop 229

Steve Kiesle Timeline 230

Resources 231

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