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.
“We have to feel. We have to. We have to break out beyond… the man box.”
“I just wanted someone to see that I was going through this, and to kind of come along beside me.”
“I’m no longer comfortable being a survivor in silence.”
It has taken Brian’s steadfast, lifelong commitment to healing himself to overcome what a child rapist did to him in a single day.
“I am becoming the man that I needed when I was a child.”
“I’m not gonna complain about the road I had to travel because I like where I am.”
“Coming alive has been a liberation. Not all at once. It is happening day by day.”
“Why can’t I understand that some questions don’t have answers?”
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.
“I thought that my life had no purpose, so I was just drifting through life, but then when I unpacked it, it was all about social justice”
“Don’t hesitate. Find a friend, find a buddy, because there’s always someone out there listening, and believe me people want to listen and help.”
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.
A fierce commitment to healing, to honesty, and to his creative talents has propelled Daniel along the road to recovery.
Dave found solace in books, and meaning through language, and courage in the act of disclosure.
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.