|In a Town This Size
A film by Patrick V. Brown
71 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2011
In A Town This Size introduces an Oklahoma town and its long-ignored tragedy of child sexual abuse during the 1960's and 70's. Told through poignant first-person interviews with the victims, their families and professionals, these stories inform viewers about the lifelong harm of childhood sexual abuse. Emphasizing the resiliency of the human spirit, the film illustrates that through determination, support and direct conversation, survivors can heal themselves and become advocates for change. These stories devastate, frustrate and inspire - and hopefully empower audiences to confront child sexual abuse and press for change to the states' statutes of limitation regarding this crime.
"This is more than a documentary; it is a wakeup call, a call for healing and a call for action. I highly recommend it." - Max G. Feirstein, Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology
"Patrick Brown's documentary account of the quiet horror of child sexual abuse is poignant, evocative and important. Directed with respect and simplicity, it raises awareness of what happens, on a daily basis, to children from ordinary families in ordinary towns. The various interviews are moving, pure, and told without pretense. I recommend it highly." - Steven Isaacman, Psy.D., LMFT, FIPA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
"Filmmaker and childhood sexual abuse survivor Patrick Brown reveals a masterful touch that makes audiences understand and acknowledge the broad, deep devastation wrought by those who sexually abuse children." - Matt Bodenschatz, Voices for Victims
"Brown presents the story respectfully and simply and we get an important provocative look at what happens to children from ordinary families in an ordinary town. We immediately see the deep devastation that is caused by child abusers."
"The interviews themselves are completely engrossing and at times devastating…fascinating…very moving." - Michael Doherty, Popculture Beast
"A therapeutic tool…a great resource…In A Town This Size gives the world a clearer understanding of what it's like to go through this nightmare, either as child or parent."
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