The BOYHOOD SHADOWS Project and the Stay Strong Foundation Salute Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry for Continuing to Shine a Spotlight on Childhood Sexual Abuse

November 4, 2010

NEW YORK, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Terrie Williams Agency is pleased to announce that noted executive producer, philanthropist and long-time board member of its non-profit arm (Stay Strong Foundation), Regina Kulik Scully‘s landmark documentary, BOYHOOD SHADOWS, “I Swore I’d Never Tell,” was distributed to males participants that courageously came forward and talked about being molested on the upcoming 2-day Oprah Winfrey Show Event: 200 Males Who Were Molested Come Forward scheduled to air on Friday, November 5 and Friday, November 12.

The Oprah Winfrey Show is dedicating a two-part episode, airing Friday, November 5th and Friday, November 12th, about shattering the stigma of childhood molestation. Tyler Perry, who bravely shared his own testimony of child molestation on a previous episode — Wednesday, October 20th, returns to the show with 200 male survivors who stepped forward and spoke out for the first time about their own childhood sexual abuse. Fathers, husbands, and sons share their anguish about hiding their pain, and the many ways their abuse has impacted their lives and their relationships. After the taping of the show, which will air on November 5, Oprah producers gave copies of BOYHOOD SHADOWS to their studio audience and the male survivors who dealt with this traumatic experience.

Regina knows first hand the devastating effect childhood molestation has on young men. Glenn Kulik, Regina’s brother, Glenn Kulik’s brother is one of the rape survivors highlighted in BOYHOOD SHADOWS: “I Swore I’d Never Tell.”

The film, first released by Landmark Media in 2008, pulls back the dark curtain to uncover the raw truth about childhood molestation committed against young boys in America. Glenn shares his painful journey as a happy and innocent child from a loving upper middle class family, to years of drug and alcohol abuse and the addictions he fell into by age 12 — trying to escape the shame he felt after having been molested by the uncle of his best friend at the age of 10. The film chronicles the life long trauma that he has endured throughout his life including a suicide attempt, shattered family relations and chronic health issues. The film also inspires hope and growing awareness for other survivors and family members. Boyhood Shadows was written and directed by Steve Rosen and Terri DeBono.

“I am really pleased that this film continues to do the work it was intended to do, change lives,” says Regina, who also serves as Founder and CEO of RPR Marketing Communications (www.rprmc.com). “I saw first hand the devastating effects this kind of abuse had on my beloved brother, Glenn. It is only by coming out of the shadows and sharing his story that he began down the road to healing.”

The Boyhood Shadows Project (www.boyhoodshadowsproject.org) grew out of the film’s success and continues to use the film as a therapeutic and educational tool to help support male survivors and their families. Boyhood Shadows Project works with a variety of schools, veteran groups, prisons, therapeutic and treatment facilities and recovery organizations to create programs of awareness and healing within these communities.

“As a long-time mental health advocate, I know that childhood molestation is one of the leading causes of depression in our country — I can only applaud all these individuals for speaking out, coming forward and facing their fears again,” said Terrie M. Williams, co-founder of The Stay Strong Foundation and author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting. “Men are expected to wear their war faces at all times causing many to run away from the unfiltered truth. BOYHOOD SHADOWS reveals the unique psychological damage and consequences faced by young men who deny the experience, and shows how boldly confronting the reality of the pain is the only true way to healing.”

Regina’s second film project as Executive Producer is entitled, “Miss Representation” (www.missrepresentation.org). Writer and director Jennifer Siebel Newsom, brings together some of America’s most influential women in politics, news, and entertainment, including Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator, Gloria Steinem, Geena Davis, Jane Fonda, Katie Couric, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Rachel Maddow and Rosario Dawson, to explore women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging the limited and often disparaging portrayal of women in the media. The DVD will be released in 2011.

About the Stay Strong Foundation

The Stay Strong Foundation (SSF) is a New York based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 200l by Terrie M. Williams and Xavier Artis. The Foundation’s mission is to educate and inspire using a myriad of unique and innovative programs designed to transform lives. The SSF coordinates a variety of nationwide events to raise awareness, promote personal well-being and enhance educational and professional development. Terrie and Xavier’s vision is to motivate people and show them that they are the architects of their future.

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