There are some people we meet on our journey through life that shine bright. Our lives light up, like the sun breaking through the clouds. Recently I have been fortunate to have been ‘found’ by Simon Weinberg.
Simon connected with me through Linkedin and through our busy lives we shared what we were working on. His work is amazing… Okay… Amazing doesn’t cut it (Giggles) maybe I really should be using the word “Awesome” Yep… That about does it!
If you follow my posts here then you already know that I love to share wonderfully talented people with you like Susan Cooper of Finding Our Way Now, Audry Hardy of Hope Healing House, Cheryl Therrien of Geek Girl USA, the list is endless but I want to add Simon to the list.
He has created and produced documentaries with his partner Kathy Barbini, Boys and Men Healing while also distrubuting The Healing Years for raising awareness about abuse, healing and prevention. He took Big Voice Pictures films worldwide through screenings at universities including Penn State during the Sandusky trial.
Simon has led keynote speeches, training and workshops. His work is truly inspirational to all who meet him as he tirelessly works to help people who have been abused. Simon’s main aim to bring light and awareness to boys and men who have been abused. This is too often a forgotten group of people as a lot of the main focus is usually girls and women who have been abused raped and tortured so often boys and men are overlooked. Society still has the belief that because they are male, they can ‘handle it’… Well guess what… They are human too…. I know isn’t that something? That males can suffer too? See, when you read aticles a lot of times they can be very biased against men. How many times did you read… “It was the boyfriend, the husband etc… who raped, molested, sexually assaulted…” The list goes on but what about when the tables are turned? What about when a small innocent boy is raped, molested, beaten and he grows into a beautiful handsome man… with serious issues? Many people overlook boys and men who are abused focusing mainly on girls and women.
I strongly recommend you go to the links I have placed at the end of this post and check out his website. The vibrant love that he has brought to his work in order to help and heal others. I for one have added him to my list of heroes for spreading the word on abuse and bringing his light to people who so desperatley need to hear his message.
As Simon and Kathy Barbini have shown and shared their work, they have garnered testimonials that most can only dream of from their hard work and dedication:-
“TOUCHING AND BRAVE” Alex Bottinelli, Resource Coordinator Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
“AN EXCELLENT FILM” Ernesto Mujica, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst NYSPA Division of Psychoanalysis
”BEAUTIFULLY FILMED” Chrys Ballerano NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault
10 Minute Excerpts from Boys and Men Healing
So let me ask you… Has he become a new hero for you?
Big Voice Pictures should be at your university, school, workplace.
Spreading the word on abuse and spreading the light.
You can contact them at any of the links below: