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Documentary, panel, training aids male sexual abuse survivors

Friday, April 6, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A documentary about male survivors of child sexual abuse and a professional training program will be offered at Hood College in April.

A documentary, “Boys and Men Healing,” will be shown April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion, facilitated by representatives from 1in6, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.

Through interviews with three adult survivors, the film addresses the impact of male child sexual abuse on individuals and society, and the approaches that have been effective in healing. The film has served as a training and advocacy tool to motivate positive and lasting change in communities throughout the world.

A professional training program will be offered April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Whitaker Campus Center for mental health professionals, including school counselors social workers, psychologists, clergy, LGBT advocates, law enforcement personnel and substance abuse treatment personnel. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and CEUs will be offered at the completion of the program.

For more information, contact Teresa Cevallos, director of health services at Hood, at cevallos@hood.edu.