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.
Only when he began to confront what had been so long hidden did David begin to free himself from its effects.
“[My therapist] just said, it–was–not–your–fault. And just like that—something huge changed.”
With his faith in God and in himself, and with the help of an “angel,” Dennis is turning around a life marred by sexual trauma and drug abuse.
Faith, loving parents, his stalwart father, and musical talent helped David reclaim his life and recover from a childhood rape that could have shattered him.