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“Cataline (Kanakuk)” by The Forbearant Portrays Childhood Trauma and Lack of Accountability

By Daniel Warren Hill

Houston, TX-based independent rock band The Forbearant have just released their latest single, “Cataline (Kanakuk)” based on the true story of Camp Kanakuk owner Joe White’s alleged knowledge and cover-up of child molestation and subsequent lawsuits. Recorded at The Smoakstack with Grammy-nominated Paul Moak at the helm, “Cataline (Kanakuk)” is an opportunity for The Forbearant vocalist Ben Distefano to speak on his own childhood experiences with, Christian speaker Joe White, the reported incidents at the camp, and observations around the apparent lack of accountability.

Camp Kanakuk’s owner-operator Joe White was accused of covering up childhood molestations in the mid-2000s, which he later settled out of court in 2013. “Cataline (Kanakuk)” details Ben’s own story of attending one of his conferences at 11 years old and being emotionally manipulated by him. The track is one of three singles available now, including “Red Eyes” and “Seabird” from The Forbearant’s forthcoming debut EP, “The Cypress Tree”. 

Ben Distefano hopes this track will help draw attention to the ongoing investigation and encourage others who have experienced similar trauma to step forward. As recently as today, such as this story in the Springfield News-Leader, new articles continue exploring the abuse that took place at Camp Kanakuk over many decades. Meanwhile, there have been no legal ramifications for White and he has continued to speak at large venues and the operation of his camp continues to this day. 

Listen to “Cataline Kanakuk” on all major platforms, and find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify. If you or someone you know have experienced this kind of trauma, ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline has excellent resources for both kids and parents.

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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