On Tuesday, April 24, WOUB Public Media, the Scripps College of Communication and the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism will host a screening of Boys and Men Healing, a leading documentary produced by Big Voice Pictures about the effects of male child sexual abuse and the importance of healing, speaking out, and advocating for ending the cycle of the sexual abuse of boys.
The program will consist of screening the movie and then a panel discussion with Simon Weinberg, co-producer of Boys and Men Healing; Dr. Howard Fradkin, MaleSurvivor co-founder, Advisory Board member and nationally known psychologist; and sexual abuse survivors. The panel will be moderated by Tom Hodson, director and general manager of WOUB Public Media.
The presentation will be preceded by an informal reception at 6 p.m. in the Scripps Hall Atrium and the program will run from 7 - 9 p.m. in the Cortland Anderson Auditorium in Scripps Hall on the Ohio University Athens campus.
In addition to the general public, College of Communication students are invited to learn how better to cover sexual abuse stories and the sensitivities involved in communication about this important topic.
Boys and Men Healing is a film from director and producer Kathy Barbini, and co-producer Simon Weinberg of Big Voice Pictures. The film digs deep into the impact of male sexual abuse on both individuals and society and highlights the importance of male survivors healing and speaking out for the well-being of families and communities.
Featuring non-offending men, this film shows the profound effects of boyhood sexual abuse – shame, intimacy problems, sexual identity confusion, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, addictions, and unresolved rage. Despite such devastating effects, each man ultimately chose the arduous task of healing. Through counseling, support groups and prevention advocacy, each man is a testimony of hope and the ability for survivors to thrive.
Locally, the program is being co-sponsored by the Ohio University Women’s Center, the Survivor Advocacy Program at Ohio University, the Sexual Assault Prevention Program at Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling Services, the Department of Psychology at Ohio University, Diversity Access Equity at Ohio University, Athens County Children’s Services and Shepherd’s House (Vinton County’s Domestic Violence Shelter).
The showing is part of four days of programming around Ohio including Toledo, Cleveland Heights, and Columbus in addition to Athens. The national program is being sponsored by MaleSurvior, the leading internet resource committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.
Statewide backers include the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Action Ohio, BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization), Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Victims Section, Justice League of Ohio, Office of Victim Services of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Ohio Department of Health.
Social Work and MFT Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered.
The events are free and open to the public and the media, though seating is limited.
What the Experts are Saying about Boys and Men Healing:
“Absolutely superb…Emotionally Powerful”
Matthew Mendel, Ph.D., Psychologist
Author of The Male Survivor: Impact of Sexual Abuse
“Kathy Barbini’s film has the potential to transform those stories and voices into healing – not only for individuals but also for families, communities, and even societies.”
Jim Hopper, Founding Board Member, 1in6.org
“An excellent film for teaching about children's experiences of sexual abuse and the
multiple influences that support their healing and recovery…a marvelous gift to us all.”
Ernesto Mujica, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalysis, NYSPA Division of Psychoanalysis and Advisory Board Member of MaleSurvivor and Co-chair of the 2012 MaleSurvivor Conference
"Will have a profound effect."
Eileen King, Regional Director, Justice for Children
"An excellent breakthrough...Extraordinarily touching and brave"
Alex Bottinelli, Resource Coordinator
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
“Very beautifully filmed…know how deeply it is appreciated by countless people...”
Chrys Ballerano, Building Connections, Project Co-Director/Community Educator & Resource Library Coordinator, NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault
“Boys and Men Healing is a powerful evocation of a complex, deeply felt issue that affects not just sexually abused boys and men, but each and every one of us living in a society that has come so late to recognize this prevalent problem, and is still struggling about whether and how to prevent it and heal its victims.
Richard Gartner, Ph.D., Psychotherapist and MaleSurvivor Advisory Board Member
Author: Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life After Boyhood Sexual Abuse and Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men
“While it is clear this film will help survivors heal and providers treat, I see an even greater purpose. Use this film to educate lawmakers!”
Senator Joe Vitale, New Jersey State Senate