Filmmaker keynote speaker for CTC Bike-A-Thon Plus Breakfast

Peter O'Brien, a filmmaker and child sexual abuse victim, will be the guest speaker at the Children's Treatment Center Walk Bike-A-Thon Plus Breakfast on Apr. 20, 2016. (Children's Treatment Center via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – An award-winning filmmaker will be the keynote speaker for next month’s Children’s Treatment Center Bike-A-Thon Plus Kickoff Breakfast.

Peter O’Brian, the producer of The Grey Fox and My American Cousin, will recount his ordeal of sexual abuse that he lived with for over 50 years before coming forward with his story.

His topic will be “Silence No More.”

O’Brian’s testimony resulted in the conviction of his assailant, Hugh Henry, who was charged with 13 counts of indecent assault against nine minors. O’Brian had been molested when he was nine to 12 years old.

Henry died before his was convicted after stepping in front of commuter train.

O’Brian has become one of the country’s most successful independent filmmakers, with 19 Genie Awards, including two for Best Motion Picture. The Grey Fox was nominated for a 1984 Golden Globe as best foreign film, and he made his directorial debut in 2003 with Hollywood North.

He’s also the producer behind Disney’s “One Magic Christmas.”

O’Brian will speak April 20, 2016 at 7:15 a.m. at the Cornwall Civic Complex, right after the breakfast.

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