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Portraits and Biographies of Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
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After years of addiction and despair, Bo has reclaimed his life through therapy and determination and now helps other men who walk the same road.
Overcoming a childhood ravaged by severe domestic violence and sexual abuse, Brent has found within himself a wellspring of compassion for himself, and for those who harmed him.
Having confronted the sexual trauma that marred his childhood, Bret now works with sex offenders, striving to understand the forces that drive them.
For Brigham, “Coming alive has been a liberation. Not all at once. It is happening day by day.”
An iron will, “Irish stubbornness,” and the written word have carried Callen from a childhood of abuse to an adulthood as a successful playwright and activist on behalf of male survivors.
As a teenager, Das could not disclose his abuse when his girlfriend revealed her own. But three decades later, he righted that “self-betrayal,” and today he and Amanda are building a life together.
Only when he began to confront what had been so long hidden did David begin to free himself from its effects.
With the help of family and friends, David battled his way back from addiction to confront and overcome the abuse that had destroyed his faith.
Faith, loving parents, his stalwart father, and musical talent helped David reclaim his life and recover from a childhood rape that could have shattered him.
With his faith in God and in himself, and with the help of an “angel,” Dennis is turning around a life marred by sexual trauma and drug abuse.
Through treatment, and through a decades-long meditation practice, Douglas has experienced genuine healing.
Hank Estrada has found peace in the serene landscape of New Mexico, and love in his 30 year relationship with his life partner.
A letter from his sister sparked Harold’s journey toward healing from years of abuse at the hands of his parents.
Matching the tenacity of his wounded soul, Iciyapitate has confronted the legacies of the savage abuse that marred his childhood and looks forward now to a life of caring.
James marshaled the resources he needed to launch his recovery, and now shares his love with abused and neglected dogs.
Abuse at seven, and a survivor of his sister’s homicide at 14, Jeff has devoted his life to other survivors and to protecting their rights in the court system.
Jim went to the FBI/NYPD Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force and they asked him to wear a wire.
Silenced for years by the betrayal and abuse of a priest, Joe found his voice and creatively transformed his pain and anger into the successful play, “For Pete’s Sake.”
When he began reckoning with the legacies of the abuse he had suffered as a child, Joe discovered the true meaning of the message, “you are not alone.”
After many years in addiction and in prison, Joe has been clean since 2007 and is looking forward to the publication of his memoirs.
Today, through writing and counseling, Joel is on the mend, and he and his wife, Amy, are closer than ever.
John faced down his abuser, 25 years later, and found the road to redemption.
John promised that if he received help he would devote himself to helping other children who suffered abuse.
It took years, and hard work to tame his drinking and his anger, but today Julian can enjoy simple and profound pleasures, like holding his son and watching him grow.
Abused by an uncle, but never disconnected from his family’s love, Julio found the strength and courage to forgive.
It took an “angel,” now his wife, Diane, to help Keith heal from the scars of sexual abuse and betrayal perpetrated by a Catholic priest and music director.
Ken fought the world – literally and figuratively – until he found his way into a peer support group for male survivors, and he has never looked back.
His youth shattered by a rape at 13, Manassah struggled but ultimately “chose life,” and through that choice has found happiness.
At the piano, Mark transforms the anguish of his childhood into music that heals his soul and inspires other survivors.
Reading about courageous stories of survival; and ultimately, music, saved Michael Skinner.
Mike has overcome the legacies of abuse to build a loving family and a mission to protect children and help other men to free themselves from the burdens of childhood trauma.
Transforming suffering into compassion and action, Ned leads an organization that brings water, and visibility, to villagers around the world who have otherwise been passed over.
Patrick has been rebuilding his capacity to trust, and his openness to intimacy with others.
Peter has sought to infuse his work with his capacity to see those who use their power to harm others, not as monsters, but as human beings in their full complexity.
Randy’s inner strength has been tested and found to be solid; able to support not only his own recovery, but that of other survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Targeted because he was “different,” both within and outside his family, Richard battled back to become a successful professional and married man who is no longer defined by his tormenters.
Rick and a friend launched The Men’s Project, now one of the oldest free-standing clinics treating male survivors.
Today, Rocky’s eyes glitter with life and determination, despite decades of life burdens and a childhood scarred by abuse.
Abused by multiple perpetrators, Stephen finds strength and joy in running, and in looking ahead to helping other men to find the strength to face their own challenges and traumas.
Tedd connected with a source of love that allowed him to transcend the brutality and rejection inflicted by his parents.
Centuries-old spiritual ceremonies helped unlock Tom’s buried past and propelled him to a healthier, more centered life.
When Tomás finally released himself from the burden of his lifelong secret, he discovered the joy of intimacy unconstrained by the fear of betrayal.
Nurtured at first by the purity of his grandmother’s love, Tony has healed through his connection to the universe of those whose wounds cry for compassion.
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