On Thursday November 21st at 7:30 PM in the Kraus Auditorium (2140 Natural Sciences Building), Dare to Dream will be showing the documentary Boys and Men Healing. Three men tell their stories of survival and recovery, revealing how speaking out helped them heal and reclaim their lives. The documentary screening is going to be immediately followed by a panel discussion facilitated by MaleSurvivor.
The event is free and open to the public. We invite all people regardless of gender and sexual orientation.
1in6 men becomes a survivor of sexual trauma by age 18. (https://1in6.org/the-1-in-6-statistic/) MaleSurvivor is one of the few national organizations supporting male survivors of sexual violence. MaleSurvivor’s Chris Anderson and Jim Struve will facilitate the discussion. (http://www.malesurvivor.org/board-of-directors.html.)
Our panelists will include survivors, professionals, and activists whose work ranges from helping men heal to national advocacy.
Goals for the event are to:
1. Help create a safe space for male (and female) survivors.
2. Make Dare to Dream a springboard for conversations about masculinity. Today’s dominant masculine narrative bases self-worth on the power one can exert over others. We hope to invert this masculine narrative and redefine self-worth as one’s honor, integrity, dignity, authenticity, and character. Creating a safe space for male survivors inherently displays alternatives to heteronormative masculine power and allows for the vulnerability that will alter perceptions of acceptable masculinity.
3. Connect male survivors. Speaking from personal experience, support from fellow survivors can be one of a male survivor’s most healing and validating experiences. With the support of CAPS (via Todd Sevig) and SAPAC (via Holly Rider-Milkovich), we hope to build a therapist-facilitated support group for the 1in6 male survivors on campus.
Here is the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380151358873905/.
This is a licensed preview of the film: http://youtu.be/Wx-JqBdwdAA.
Dare to Dream is co-sponsored by Central Student Government and the Rackham Deans' Strategic Initiative Grant. The event is also supported by MaleSurvivor, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), the Spectrum Center, and CSG's Health Issues, Campus Safety, Social Justice, and Off Campus Safety Commissions.