In our line of work, getting questions about why we do what we do and how we do it is par for the course. And we certainly don’t always have the satisfaction of knowing the impact of our efforts or the ripple effect they might create. With the imminent launch of our newest PSA video, I am reminded of a poignant voice note I received two years ago from a man who had never even crossed Amudim’s radar.
Following Moshe’s* fortieth birthday celebration, he felt compelled to reach out and tell me his story. He had seen one of our videos about an adult man suffering after years of having buried the trauma of being sexually abused as a child by a close family member. Moshe talked about how he had gone through something eerily similar, and had spent decades telling himself that living with the pain that was tearing him up was just another one of life’s challenges.
But seeing the video finally pushed him to seek out help, giving him hope that his past did not have to be a life sentence. He began intense therapy both on his own and with his wife; when Moshe reached out to me, it was to give me the incredible news that he had just celebrated his fortieth with his family and friends by his side, feeling content and at peace for the first time in many years. And when his wife asked whether seeing the video at that point would be too painful as it would feel like reliving the trauma, he responded that he was now in a place of healing and that the awful past was behind him.
Are our videos sometimes upsetting or uncomfortable? They can be, because they are real. And as I so happily got to see with Moshe and countless others, if they serve as a way to inspire people to seek out help and feel hope, then we have accomplished our goal.
If you or someone you know needs help, you are not alone. Call us anytime: (646) 517-0222.
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbos,
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