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WHAT IS A MALESURVIVOR DARE TO DREAM EVENT?

MaleSurvivor Dare to Dream events bring the message that hope, healing, and support are possible for all survivors of sexual violence.. Since 2010, we have sparked discussions in communities all over the United States and abroad, raising awareness of fact that there are over millions of male victims of sexual trauma all around us.

These events provide male survivors and their supporters with a safe and comfortable environment to join others in lifting the veil of secrecy and shame from sexual abuse. By bringing the issue of sexual abuse out from the shadows, we hope to create an opening for increased awareness, and to show other survivors that healing is truly possible. The program usually features a screening of the documentary film Boys and Men Healing, followed by a facilitated panel discussion including male survivors and mental health professionals.

We encourage partners from the community to attend as well in order to share information about local resources and support groups that are available to survivors and their loved ones. Oftentimes, Dare to Dream event will include members of the MaleSurvivor organization as well as local representatives from the mental health, social work, and law enforcement communities.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO PUT ON A MALESURVIVOR DARE TO DREAM EVENT?

MaleSurvivor is always looking for partners in local communities around the country to help us host Dare to Dream events. In the past MaleSurvivor Dare to Dream events have been held in community centers, public libraries, student centers, health care facilities, and college campuses all over the country.

 In order to put on a successful MaleSurvivor Dare to Dream event, we suggest the following elements:

  • Public space that can accommodate up to 100 attendees comfortably
  • Space where a film/DVD can be screened, and the appropriate A/V equipment (projectors, microphones, etc) to enable the audience to see and hear the film clearly, and participate in a discussion session afterward.
  • Volunteer mental health provider(s) from the local community who can be on hand to offer comfort and support to any attendees who find themselves overwhelmed or needing support.
  • At least one MaleSurvivor trained facilitator to introduce the event and moderate the discussion.
  • A team of community partners to help organize and promote the event locally.

 

CAN I HOST A MALESURVIVOR DARE TO DREAM EVENT?

Absolutely! We are always looking for partners in communities all around the world who can help us bring the message that hope, healing and support are possible to survivors and their loved ones. Whether you are a survivor, a professional who is hoping to help raise awareness in your community, or even a supportive partner of survivors, we hope you will consider helping to bring a MaleSurvivor Dare to Dream event to your community.

To help you bring a Dare to Dream event to your community, we have created a kit with sample posters, press releases, and other materials. For more information, email us at d2dinfo@malesurvivor.org

WHAT DOES IT COST TO HAVE A MALESURVIVOR DARE TO DREAM EVENT?

MaleSurvivor encourages that Dare to Dream events be held free of charge and open to the public. While MaleSurvivor does not charge any fees to put on Dare to Dream events, there is a nominal fee that must be paid for right to screen the film. In addition, there may often be costs associated with hosting any public event. Event organizers are encouraged therefore to find financial and logistical support from local donors.

For more information, or to inquire about how to bring a MaleSurvivor Dare to Dream event to your community, please email us at d2dinfo@malesurvivor.org