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The Bristlecone Project

Portraits and Biographies of Male Survivors


How to Participate

The Vision: A mosaic of photographs and words that portray the reality of men who were sexually abused or assaulted.

The Focus: The present, not the past. Who each man is. What defines him. What is the focus of his life. Each man is portrayed through a series of photographs, a brief written narrative, and a video (coming soon).

The Purpose: To portray this reality — who we are now, living meaningful and dignified lives — to the many men who feel isolated and stigmatized by what happened to them. And to portray this reality to whole communities through the Bristlecone Project website and public exhibitions.

Step by step:

Step 1. Come to a decision about whether participating would be right for you. Take your time. Reflect on it. Talk it over. Please feel free to contact Dr. David Lisak with any and all questions at:

Step 2. You and Dr. Lisak will decide, after reflection and discussion, that it’s a good match. At that point, you will be asked to read and sign a “consent and release” form to allow your portrait and other information you provide to be used on the project website and other public exhibitions.

Important: Participants can, at any time, choose to withdraw consent and have their portrait and biographical narrative removed from the Bristlecone Project website.

Step 3. You and Dr. Lisak will meet in person, at a place you are comfortable, for a biographical interview of approximately one hour, followed by the portrait photography session. In addition to the individual portrait, if everyone is agreeable, photographs of significant others (family, partner, friends) or of you in other venues (work place, etc.) may be taken.

Again, please feel free to contact Dr. Lisak with any and all questions at