Actor Tyler Perry has written an emotional foreword to a book which aims to help men deal with the aftermath of sexual assault.
Perry, who was himself sexually abused as a child, penned the piece for a self-help book called "Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive" by Dr. Howard Fradkin.
The actor-director, who did not receive a fee for his words, reveals he accepted the task to encourage other men and boys to speak out about their past and move on from the experience.
In a post his Facebook page, he writes, "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."