Boys and Men Healing is a documentary about the impact the sexual abuse of boys has on both the individual and society, and the importance of healing and speaking out for male survivors to end the devastating effects.
Boys and Men Healing is a documentary about the impact the sexual abuse of boys has on both the individual and society, and the importance of healing and speaking out for male survivors to end the devastating effects. The film portrays courageous non-offending men whose arduous healing helped them reclaim their lives—while giving them a powerful voice to speak out, and take bold action toward prevention for other boys. Boys and Men Healing is produced in association with the International Documentary Association.
“It is an excellent film for teaching about children’s experiences of sexual abuse and the multiple experience that support their recovery..a marvelous gift!”–Ernesto Mujica, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, NYSPA Division of Psychonanalysis
The film features David Lisak’s moving and poignant personal story of facing his own childhood sexual abuse, his dedication to speaking out, and his professional work educating about the impact male child sexual abuse has on the cycle of violence. David’s powerful story is witness to the hope available when men heal, and a serious call-to-action to address the potential impact on men and communities.
Mark Crawford’s story is a true hero’s journey of a survivor working relentlessly and successfully against all odds to change unjust laws and to seek justice for male survivors. Mark’s arduous healing, and consequent commitment to help survivors, along with his ongoing efforts to educate about pedophiles in communities, and his tenacity in changing still unjust laws, will have us cheering him on, and joining him, by film’s end!
Tony Rogers, raped by a pedophile when he was 9-years old, breaks the cycle of violence and self-destruction through his commitment to heal.
After being unable to find a support group for male survivors in his community, he joined with other men to start a much needed peer-led group. Witnessing his fellowship with other men, and the sensitivity and authenticity in their sharing, is a beautiful testimony of men breaking silence and isolation, taking the initiative to join together, and rebuilding a sense of deep trust with other men.
Boys and Men Healing is a source of hope and inspiration for all men who have suffered sexual abuse and violence. The men are candid about a seemingly hopeless issue which effects us all. The film is witness to survivors’ ability to thrive and lead fulfilling lives, while advocating for prevention and education to protect children.