Lindner Center of HOPE To Host A Free Evening of Public Awareness about Male Sexual Victimization

Evening to feature a screening of Boys and Men Healing, a Big Voice Pictures Production, and Howard Fradkin, PhD, LICDC-CS, author of Joining Forces:  Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive

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Mason, OH – March 21, 2014 – Lindner Center of HOPE at 4075 Old Western Row Road in Mason is hosting Dare to Dream: An Evening of Public Awareness about Male Sexual Victimization on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in its gymnasium/conference center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program and parking are free.

One in six men in the United States are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The April 24th event will feature a screening of the transformational documentary Boys and Men Healing, directed by Kathy Barbini, a Big Voice Pictures Production. A community conversation will follow to discuss healing and the resources available for male survivors and their loved ones. The discussion will be led by Howard Fradkin, PhD, LICDC-CS, co-chairperson, MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery and author of Joining Forces:  Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive.

This evening is an opportunity for male survivors, their partners and family members, professionals from diverse fields who work with male survivors, and interested community members; to join forces to increase public awareness about male sexual victimization. Again, 1 in 6 men have a history of sexual victimization before the age of 16, and 1 in 8 rape victims are men, but it is still a silent epidemic for many men. The program is intended to break the silence and help audience members understand the complex and often misunderstood dynamics of being a male survivor and some of the unique challenges that can hinder recovery. Most of all, this event is about offering healing, hope and support for survivors and their families. The audience will be introduced to local, statewide and national resources that can empower men to heal with the support they have always deserved. Again, the program includes viewing the film, Boys and Men Healing, directed by Kathy Barbini, a Big Voice Pictures Production, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Fradkin and three courageous male survivors who will share their experience of recovery and hope. Audience members will have ample time to share their own experience and ask questions which will help them better understand the problems and the solutions.

Two continuing education credits will be available for psychologists, therapists and social workers.

Attendees should register by April 11 by contacting Pricila Gran at pricila.gran@lindnercenter.org or 513-536-0318.

Lindner Center of HOPE  provides excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults, intensive outpatient program for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

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