Speaking in Richmond, Virginia

I spent the last two days in Richmond, Virginia, at a conference put on by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, “Males and Violence: Engaging Men and Boys as Survivors, Advocates, and Change Agents.”

I spoke for an hour about my life, my book, Something Terrible, about my recovery and growth as a survivor of child sexual abuse. I want to thank everyone who attended my session. I got great questions at the end of my presentation, and afterwards, I talked to a lot of cool people doing good work for survivors.

I also really enjoyed hearing what the other guests and speakers had to say about this subject. Also presenting this weekend were Steve LePore and Anthony Edwards from 1in6.org, Dr. David Lisak of Bristlecone Project, Simon Weinberg & Kathy Barbini,Heath Phillips, Eric Barreras, and so many others. It was truly a special experience for me, so I want to thank Tricia Everetts and Courtney Meyer from the VA DCJS for inviting me. It’s rare for the real world to give you moments of feeling like you’re on a team of superheroes, but this was one of those. Thanks, guys.

I always have to doodle while I listen to speakers, of course, so here are some of my superhero sketches from the conference.

 

Preview: All We Ever Wanted

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This is a page from my story in All We Ever Wanted, a new anthology about positive visions of the future.

Many of our ideas of the years and decades to come are filled with apocalyptic setbacks and catastrophic regressions in technology or society, and as we fill our heads with these visions, it sometimes feels like we’re becoming predestined to fulfill these dark fantasies.

One small way to straighten out our path is to refocus our hearts on a vision of the future in which we work together, solve problems, and grow as a species. This anthology is about those stories. I’m honored to have been asked to contribute my own tale.

Keep an eye out for All We Ever Wanted. It’s gonna be a good one, because we’re working together to make it that way.

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