Forced Into Silence ~ Documentary breaks new ground in awareness for male victims

Written by Jasmin

Speaking about male victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse including experiences in childhood, is still a frighteningly taboo subject around the world.

When asked to be a part of this film, I was deeply honoured. Seeing it now in it’s final production, the importance of it simply can not be under estimated.

Watch And VOTE for Forced Into Silence HERE 

In knowing she had an uphill battle in making the documentary Forced Into Silence, LaShawn Pagan took on the subject regardless

One of the consistent challenges I faced throughout the making of this film was the fact that people don’t want to talk about the vulnerability of men, by making a gender inclusive statement of what victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse, I made people really uncomfortable to the point of rejection of the idea and, of course, my film

LaShawn, who identifies as a feminist, spoke of some of the more unexpected issues which arose for her.

Another challenge was dealing with misandry disguised as feminism, women who, not only reject the idea of men being victims of any sort, but hated the fact that I was talking about the facts and bringing the statistical data into the conversation – leading to their verbal attacks towards my person and my film”

Forced Into Silence has been nominated as a finalist on IndiWise – a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their film and gain exposure. Accolades and exposure are everything for success in the film industry, but as LaShawn said

Since I knew that I was taking on something so challenging, I just wanted to have at least one man see this film and know he wasn’t alone

Watch And VOTE for Forced Into Silence HERE 

The relevance of this documentary can not be underestimated. As LaShawn said:

For Forced into Silence to win, it would be so amazing, it would mean that it went from a film that no one wanted to finance or talk about to an award winning documentary


Forced into Silence explores what it means to be a man who has been abused by a partner/spouse, sexually assaulted or raped and an adult man who was sexually abused as a child. Featuring interviews with author, therapist and expert on boys, men and masculinity Andrew Smiler, Ph.D., speaker and CEO of Male Survivor Christopher Anderson, relationship coach, writer, speaker and presenter Jasmin Newman, as well as two former victims of domestic violence Forced into Silence is reveals the unique challenges of men who have been victimized and presents possible solutions to their ongoing plight.

The official trailer can be seen here, but I encourage you to watch the full film and VOTE



About the author


Jasmin is a specialist men’s coach who supports men in all aspects of relationships, but specifically those who are going through high conflict separation and divorce. She is also a dedicate advocate for services for men and their children who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Jasmin helps men who are struggling and feeling lost and alone, to move to a place of acceptance and confidence so they can move ahead and live a life consistent with their values and beliefs. She believes strongly in the power of overcoming past hurts through empathy and compassion.

She is a mother of two, author, presenter and coach. She lives in the idyllic coastal town of Merimbula, NSW, Australia.

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