Heartly House recently joined International Advocate and trauma survivor, William Kellibrew as he gave an inspiring presentation to Hood College students about his story of surviving sexual violence and being a witness to domestic violence as a child.

Sexual abuse and violence is often thought of as affecting only women, but men and boys can not only be the victims, but also witnesses to sexual abuse and domestic violence. “It’s 50-50,” Executive Director of Heartly House, Inga James said about the gender breakdown of boys and girls who witness domestic violence. “And one in seven men will be victims of domestic violence at some time in their life.”

Experiences like Kellibrew’s happen right here in Frederick County, which is why Heartly House is dedicated to accommodating and supporting young people as they process and work through their experiences.

To learn more about Kellibrew’s story and how communities can better respond to those who carry similar traumas, check out this latest article from The Frederick News-Post.