Testimonials

“I am alive today because I finally spoke out about the sexual abuse in my past. For years, I swore I would tell no one! I had been on the streets, in jail, and in mental hospitals. This film has saved my life. After decades of addiction, my family finally gave me an ultimatum: I had to go into therapy. I didn’t want to go but finally, I went to Monterey to Stephen Braveman’s men’s group. We made the PSA and then we had the idea for a documentary. There is no shame in being a victim! There is a sense of freedom in talking about your abuse in a group of men that have that common bond. You can get the pain out.”

-Glenn


"I’m almost 22 years old, but I know who I am. I’m old enough to know I wanted to participate and help. I feel this will help people especially Mexican-American and Mexican and Latinos in general…. Because a lot of people are real hesitant to say anything about any abuse… even the women won’t say anything. They are real tough. I think if they see more Hispanics coming out and saying something about it, they might do it. I feel in that way I would help.”

-Alfredo




“I spent 35 years not dealing with what happened to me but I reached a point in my life where I could not - not - seek help and I looked at the interview as assisting me with recovery. I sincerely hope the film opens that door to other victims who have not yet discovered the courage to delve into the dark places of their past.”

-Allen





“I agreed to be interviewed so others will understand the stigma we carry from abuse is an illusion, recovery is possible, and with hard work any survivor can become the happiest person they know. I hope Boyhood Shadows becomes a catalyst for change in society’s thinking and helps in the fight to end abuse and heal the survivors.”

-Curtis





“I want to send a message to all of the men who have remained silent, that there is help out there and healing is possible. I hope this film will help bring the truth about male sexual abuse to the forefront and educate people about the myths and stigmas that are attached to it.”

-Erik



“I have stopped hiding from my fears, and I am facing them head on, slowly and surely. If [this film] helps save one boy or helps one man find his way back from the devastation that is childhood sexual victimization (CSV), then what we have done is worth it. This problem needs more exposure: so more prevention can be put in place, so more men can see they are really not alone, and so those that treat post-traumatic stress can see that a special focus on this kind of PTSD must be made. If the number 1-in-6 is close to true, that means around 20 million men in the USA have suffered some form of CSV, and trust me, nowhere near that number are getting help."
-Jorge