Documentary, 'Boys and Men Healing,' to be screened April 3-4

As part of the observance of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Penn State will host two screenings of "Boys and Men Healing," a documentary that digs deep into the effects of male child sexual abuse, the impacts on the individual and society, and the importance of healing, speaking out, and advocating for ending the cycle. Both events are free to the public.

The film was directed by Kathy Barbini and produced by Simon Weinberg of Big Voice Pictures. The screenings are being presented by advocacy group MaleSurvivor and sponsored by Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Penn State Student Affairs.

Featuring three adult male survivors, "Boys and Men Healing" presents the profound effects of boyhood sexual abuse, including shame, intimacy problems, sexual identity confusion, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and unresolved rage that could lead to violence. Despite these devastating effects, each man in the film ultimately chose the arduous task of healing. Through counseling, support groups and prevention advocacy, each man is presented as a testimony of hope and the ability for survivors of child sexual abuse to overcome and even thrive.

Penn State Altoona will host the first screening at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, in the Misciagna Theater on the Altoona campus. A question-and-answer panel discussion will follow the showing of the film.

The panel of speakers include: Simon Weinberg; Mark Crawford, a survivor and MaleSurvivor Advisory Board member, featured in the film; MaleSurvivor founding board members and current advisory board members Jim Struve, clinical social worker and Howard Fradkin psychologist; and Chris Anderson, survivor and vice president of MaleSurvivor.

Penn State University Park will host the second screening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, in the HUB Auditorium. A question-and-answer panel discussion will also follow this screening, with the same panel of speakers. CAPS staff also will be on-hand at the event to discuss available counseling services for students.

The screenings are part of a national awareness-raising campaign, "Dare to Dream, Join the Healing Journey," sponsored by MaleSurvivor, a leading organization dedicated to the prevention of male child sexual abuse and providing information to promote health, discussion and connections for survivors and those who support them.

April also is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Additional upcoming events at University Park include:

--On Tuesday, April 3, from noon to 1 p.m., CAPS psychologist Andrea Falzone will facilitate a brown bag lunch program on "Healing from Childhood Abuse" in 106 HUB/Robeson Center on the University Park campus.

--On Wednesday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., CAPS will be present at a Public Health Fair sponsored by Alpha Epsilon Delta, Penn State's premedical honor society, in the HUB/Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Andrea Falzone will be present from 1 to 3 p.m. to discuss interest in a male sexual abuse survivors group for the Fall 2012 semester.

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Last Updated April 03, 2012