Tyler Perry is primarily known for his film career, so it may surprise you to learn that he is actually a victim of sexual abuse himself, something he discussed in an emotional foreword to a new self-help book.
The book, Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive by Dr. Howard Fradkin, deals with a touchy subject: sexual abuse among men. The tome aims to help men deal with the aftermath of sexual assault after being victimized. Perry wrote an emotional foreword to the book in which he admits that he was sexually abused as a child.
The actor and director did not receive payment for his work. Instead, he accepted the task of writing the foreword in an effort to encourage men and boys, themselves the victims of sexual abuse, to speak out about their experience and attempt to move on and heal.
In a post on his Facebook page, Perry wrote:
“There (are) a lot of boys who have been abused and hurt. … Most men never saying a word about it, just suffering in silence. … I know that this is difficult to talk about or even acknowledge, especially for men. That’s why I am so happy that Dr. Howard Fradkin has written a book called Joining Forces to help men who are adult survivors learn to cope, deal and most of all stop suffering in silence. … I know the pain and the darkness and the shame that we as men can carry when these evil acts have been put upon us. But I also … know the peace and comfort that comes along with healing from the horror. Healing can start by reading this book.”
We at IQ applaud him for his honesty and effort to help those who suffered sexual abuse. Are you a fan of Tyler Perry? Are you surprised to learn that he was a victim of sexual abuse?