In His Own Words - Male Survivors Speak Out
Age: 48 years old
Age when first abused: 12 years old
"It is okay to talk about it and, at the same time, there are lots of resources and places you can go to talk about it. But in another sense, I want people to know it is okay to be broken, and they don't have to be completely fixed. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars to try and fix this, but it is still there, so I have learned that acceptance is the answer to my problems. This PTSD is part of my makeup, and there is no way of unraveling it—it just is. My brain got rewired that day, and I have learned that it is okay to be broken. I am an adult, and I can make choices and I can choose happiness."