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1in6 Board Chair David Lisak, PhD. Interviewed by Big Voice Pictures

By Big Voice Pictures

August 27, 2014

“In the last of our summer series on self-care and thriving, we’re grateful for this week’s feature interview with David Lisak as he shares his beautiful and profound photo project, The Bristlecone Project. Bristlecone is a mosaic of photographs and words that portray the reality of men who were sexually abused as children. Dr. Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 25 years has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. Himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Dr. Lisak is one of three courageous men profiled in the documentary, Boys and Men Healing, a Big Voice production directed by Kathy Barbini.

Bristlecone Pine trees survive and thrive in the harsh conditions of the western Rocky Mountains. Despite thin soils, strong winds, freezing temperatures, and limited water, Bristlecones can live for thousands of years, and are among the oldest living organisms on earth.

Can you briefly describe the Bristlecone Project?

The goal of the Bristlecone Project is to introduce male survivors of childhood sexual abuse to other survivors, as well as to our larger communities. By looking directly into the camera lens, by telling their stories, by giving their names, Bristlecone volunteers communicate to the world that they reject the shame and stigma that was foisted upon them. And they communicate that childhood abuse can be overcome.”

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David thumbDavid Lisak, PhD. is a Forensic Consultant, 1in6 Board Chair, and the creator of The BristleCone Project