The film is narrated by male adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Since rape is an experience shrouded in shame, stigma, and silence, the video producers obviously provided the compassion necessary for men to trust that their words were respected. These men share their most personal and private experiences. Their stories are poignant in conveying how much abuse hurts and how long the pain lasts. There were common themes amongst the individuals profiled, such as feelings of isolation, loneliness, and despair.
The recovery from trauma universal to the men featured in this documentary included sharing the story, healing in community, and advocating for self and others. The mens' stories are enlightening and empowering. One advocate, active in SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests, Mark Crawford, uses his experience to educate legislature and agencies on behalf of survivors.
Boys and Men Healing is a "documentary about the impact male child sexual abuse has on both the individual and society, and the importance of male survivors healing and speaking out for the well being of individuals, families, and communities. Featuring non-offending men, this film digs deep into the effects of boyhood sexual abuse-- shame, intimacy problems, sexual identity confusion, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse or rage that led to violence plagued their lives--yet each man ultimately chose the arduous task of healing. Through counseling and support groups and taking action toward the prevention of other boys, each man is a testimony of hope and the ability for survivors to thrive. The film bursts forth with beauty and celebration of men’s emotions and voices—too long veiled under masculinity stereotypes and silence."
Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story