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The Bristlecone Project

Portraits and Biographies of Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Manassah Bradley

Manassah begins with this: “I am not a superhero. I cannot fly. I cannot spin spider webs from my wrists. But I do have a super power. A super power that we all possess: the ability to overcome extreme adversity and challenges.”
His story, he says, is not unique and the specifics of what happened are irrelevant. What is relevant, he insists, is how he responded.

At the age of 13, he survived a brutal rape, and a life that was once filled with light and promise was now consumed by darkness, fear and shame. He could not comprehend what had happened. He felt shattered. By his mid-20’s, the darkness, fear and shame were too much to bear. He had to make a choice: life or death. He chose life. He walked into an emergency room and asked for help. He surrounded himself with people and professionals who understood the challenges that he would face and he got to work. He worked very hard for many years to break free from the darkness, fear and shame, and break free he did, and he wants other survivors to know that they can too.

“I am not a superhero, I am just an ordinary guy but I have achieved the unimaginable. My life is once again filled with light and promise. The darkness, fear and shame are in my past. I am happy.