Man Enough to Heal
In this feature-length documentary, we will tell the stories of men who are healing from the scars of childhood sexual abuse. While the statistics are horrifying for both sexes, the media and society seem to treat boy victims different from girl victims and this film will shine a light on the disparity. Lives full of shame, lack of self-worth and body dysmorphia as well as an often-continual fight to believe they are man enough or macho in the face of hiding scars from their childhood. The fear of being seen as a potential perpetrator because of their sexual abuse is a real systemic problem for men recovering from childhood sexual abuse.
While the film will talk to some experts, the film will focus on personal stories and how these brave men have lived through their trauma.
Featuring these brave men:
Mark Godoy, Jr.
Mark is a visual artist, motion designer, and advocate for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Through his story and his art, he strives to inspire survivors around the world to embrace healing and break free from the negative stigma surrounding sexual abuse.
Ted grew up and achieved his childhood dream of being an airline pilot and volunteers in various non-profit organizations in his free time. Ted is a survivor of sexual assault/abuse from within his family. He shares his story to hopefully show fellow survivors you are not alone and can be okay.
Adam, a survivor of an abusive childhood, embarked on a transformative journey of healing and spirituality during a walkabout across Europe and Asia. Now a passionate advocate, he dedicates his efforts to championing causes such as HIV/AIDS, substance use disorder, LGBTQ+ rights, and homelessness in his current home of Atlanta, Georgia.
Ben Holman is an investigator for cps, a member of the RAINN Speakers Bureau, and a survivor of sexual abuse. He hopes to use his story to help other men find hope and victory over their own stories.
By focusing on healing and community, Jordan has spent the past 12 years successfully transforming his own experiences of sexual violence and trafficking into powerful inspiration and advocacy for other male survivors as well as trauma-informed speaking engagements, training, and consulting services.
Through support and resilience, Anthony has overcome numerous life challenges and now uses his experiences to inspire others as a public speaker, inclusion consultant, and mental health advocate.
Shawn is a filmmaker who makes very personal documentaries. He knew that he wanted to tell the story of his shared experience of childhood sexual abuse. `Man Enough to Heal` is the culmination of that goal.
Thom retired from a long career in long enforcement and a second career as an airline pilot. He now enjoys volunteering at various non-profit organizations and his church in retirement. Thom is a also survivor or sexual assault. He hopes sharing his story will offer help and hope to other victims of abuse.
Howard Fradkin, Ph.D.
Facilitator Emeritus, MenHealing.org
Howard has LICDC has counseled over 1000 male survivors in individual, couples, group psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 39-year career as a Psychologist.
Mike Lew, M.Ed.
The Next Step Counseling and Training
Mike is director of The Next Step Counseling and Training Centre. Mike Lew has worked with thousands of men and women in their healing from the effects of sexual child abuse, rape, physical violence, emotional abuse and neglect.