Anyé Young (left) and Jodie Gorman (right) discuss growing up with incarcerated parents. Image credit: Families Outside

Stirling student features in film to help young people affected by family imprisonment

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A new media resource launched to support children and young people affected by imprisonment features a Stirling student.

Jodie Gorman participated in a short film produced by Families Outside, a Scottish charity that supports families affected by imprisonment.

The 21-year-old law student and Anyé Young – the author of the Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents – discussed their experiences of having a parent in prison.

Jodie Gorman (Image Credit: Families Outside)

Young was invited to Scotland by Families Outside and the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents to make the film.

Gorman interviewed Young about her book before discussing their personal experiences and the impacts of imprisonment on children.

The book was self-published on Father’s Day 2018. It details stories and lessons Young learned while coping with her father’s imprisonment and life in a single-parent home.

Anyé Young (Image Credit: Families Outside)

The film is split into ten clips, ranging from coping mechanisms to stereotypes and statistics.

It was produced to help children and young people dealing with similar issues, as well as their families and professionals who support them.

Gorman said: “I feel honoured to have been part of the film, and I hope that by openly talking about my experiences of having a parent in prison that others out there will realise they are not alone and don’t need to let the stigmas attached with imprisonment define them.”

The film is available to watch on Vimeo.

Featured image credit: Families Outside

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