Jeremy J's student film for Capilano University
The director shares his experiences of childhood sexual abuse while talking about the proper terms and definitions that should be used when talking about childhood sexual abuse. Also, briefly talking about the strength of women in starting the conversation about sexual abuse in the 60’s.
Survivors and experts talk about the challenges male survivors face when trying to cope with their trauma and what needs to happen to ensure that all victims have access to the resources that they need to make the transition into Survivor.
We talk to a non-offending pedophile about his experiences that lead to his descent into the world of child pornography and the challenges that he faced in trying to get therapeutic help. We also find out about the Troubled Desire - Prevention Project Dunkelfeld operated by Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin who actively engage the pedophile and hebephile communities through public advertisements aimed at offering them help by offering therapeutic services and mindfulness training to the people who may harm but want to get therapeutic help. This program is so successful that the German government has incorporated it into their healthcare services.
The director sums up what we can do as a society to make the healing process easier to access and better for all can actually prevent childhood sexual abuse from occurring as frequently as it does. While offering people the chance to get involved by signing an online petition that supports offering therapeutic services to all victims and those who may harm.
The Cost of Silence #USTOO is a call to action for all survivors to share their stories of sexual abuse using the hashtag #USTOO, by becoming a chorus of survivors, we gain strength in the knowledge we are not alone and we can make a difference. This film shows living examples of the solutions; sexual abuse in children should be treated as soon as possible in order for the transition from victim to survivor take place early, in order to mitigate the damage it can do on a victims life. Also that perpetrators aren’t hopeless, they can be taught to control their urges and can be prevented from perpetrating by offering them help in learning to manage their dysfunction.
Fresh out of the documentary program at Capilano University, Jeremy J. rolled the dice on a film career at 40 with one goal; to make films that matter. His first film: The Cost of Silence #USTOO will look at the cycle of male sexual abuse. As a survivor, Jeremy J. wants to break the cycle of abuse by making a film worthy of discussion that encourages men to get help. Jeremy J. currently resides in Vancouver with his partner of 15 years.
Jack Silberman studied documentary film production at MIT and has a master’s degree from Harvard. He has produced, directed, and written more than 40 documentaries for Canadian, American, British, French, and Japanese television networks, as well as for the National Film Board of Canada, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, United Nations agencies, and others. His films have won more than 60 awards and have been distributed around the world. He has been a member of the faculty at the School of Motion Picture Arts at Capilano University for 9 years. Jack was one of Jeremy J's instructors at Capilano and is acting as a mentor on The Cost of Silence #USTOO. He has been invaluable in ensuring the end product will be a great film.