"That’s what I’ve done my whole life. I’ve just figured stuff out…I’m at the point where I can talk about it."
Sexual assault has a lifelong effect on survivors. After suffering abuse from his older male cousin at the age of 8, *Joseph decided to distract himself by channeling his emotions in different pursuits. He went on to excel in school, earning a Master’s Degree in Animation. It wasn't until his early adulthood that he began to confront the abuse that has been haunting him since his childhood.
Joseph continues to struggle with self blame and anger. Luckily, he finds solace in art and uses it as an outlet for his emotions. Passionate about helping others who have suffered the same trauma, he speaks to high school students about his experience. This allows himself to heal, while also opening the door for healing and providing a sense of comfort for many other young men who might be suffering in silence.