There is no question that speaking up about sexual abuse is paramount to healing. As a licensed therapist, I started a group called It Happens to Boys in 2007. Since that time, I have presented workshops with a group of male survivors and have spoken at various recovery centers across California. Getting to that point was not an easy task. In fact, it took several years for the centers to allow us to speak directly to the men in treatment. The recommendation for men in recovery, at that time, was that they must have at least one year of sobriety before they deal with trauma issues.
Betty Ford saved many women’s lives – women she never met. Thanks to her honesty and willingness to express her vulnerabilities on a national, public level, as well as to personal friends and family, more and more women have been able to admit that they too have addictions to alcohol and/or drugs. Betty Ford revealed her addiction to the public in 1978. In 1982, she, along with former ambassador to Belgium Leonard Firestone, founded the Betty Ford Center.
One in four boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.
Six weeks ago I started an Artist’s Way online course on Facebook. The course is 12 weeks long and 85 people signed up in anticipation of the author, Julia Cameron, coming to Palm Springs.