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Fashion photographer Reh fights against abuse of boys

2021-10-14T04:57:12.825Z


The fashion photographer Michael Reh was a juror for Germany's Next Top Model, lives in Miami and has accompanied the stars of the scene for years. His life theme is not glamorous: he made the abuse public as a little boy and promoted more openness. “I come from such a swamp. Six men were abused in our family, including by priests, ”the Dortmund-born fashion photographer told the German Press Agency.


The fashion photographer Michael Reh was a juror for Germany's Next Top Model, lives in Miami and has accompanied the stars of the scene for years.

His life theme is not glamorous: he made the abuse public as a little boy and promoted more openness.

“I come from such a swamp.

Six men were abused in our family, including by priests, ”the Dortmund-born fashion photographer told the German Press Agency.

Hamburg / Stade - Abuse happens to many men, little is said about it.

"It's my life theme, but I can still think positively," says the 59-year-old.

He has lived in the USA for decades, his retreat is an old apple farm in the old country behind Stade.

There, after his first book “Katharsis”, in which he worked through his terrible experiences as a family drama in the form of a novel, he wrote the crime thriller “Asta” during the Corona period.

He studied literature in Hamburg.

"This is a taboo subject for women, and even more so for men," confirms Karin Steinherr, chairwoman of the Association against Abuse at Ingolstadt in Bavaria.

"The man is the stronger sex, it takes a long time for them to say something." According to her, the number of unreported cases among male victims is higher than that of women: "Men have a high inhibition threshold." : "Few dared to say something."

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Even later, when help is sought, it is not easy: "It is sometimes frustrating for dealing with trauma because there are many self-help groups that only consist of women," says Steinherr.

The mother of four has become a victim of abuse herself and is now passing on her experience, also to schools.

“I always deal with students who have happened to something, who have been harassed.” Her most important tip: “Talk openly about the topic, talking is the best therapy”.

dpa

Source: merkur

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