I came across this and after reading it my first reaction was "ditto".
Lois Lee had created "Children of the Night" in 1979. I was 19 years old then and living in the same city as Lois. I witnessed her creation of that program from her tiny apartment to the program it is today literally from the day it was just an idea Lois had.
I've spoken a few times about what Los Angeles was like in 1979. If you know what it was like back then - then you know why Lois felt compelled to do what she did to launch her program. I was witnessing the same war zone Lois was - and I agree - this was a war zone that existed long before Backpage or Craigslist ever existed.
I was actually right on the border of being one of Lois' clients. I say that because I ran away from home when I was 13 years old myself in 1973. Like so many youth who run away, I was being sexually abused by my father while being physica…