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External resources designed to help men reclaim their lives after sexual trauma
General Support for Male Survivors
General Support for Healing from Sexual Trauma
Resources for Service Members and Veterans
Resources for Black Survivors
Resources for Gay and Transgender Survivors
Regional Resources in the U.S., by State
Resources in Canada
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR MALE SURVIVORS
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experience live healthier, happier lives. Their mission also includes serving family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community. 1in6 provides a 24/7 online helpline, online support groups, useful information, trainings and webinar, and a collection of male survivor stories on their website.
Hank Estrada maintains a website to encourage, to support, and to demonstrate to survivors that healing is possible and that they can recover their life. The website also informs, educates, and alerts individuals and communities about exposing sexual predators.
Real Stories Gallery Foundation
Real Stories Gallery Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, facilitates contemporary storytelling and collective witness through the arts for the purpose of raising awareness and evoking social change. Through artistic storytelling, Real Stories works to break the silence surrounding sexualized violence directed at boys, the international sex trade of boys, and human rights violations surrounding pediatric HIV/AIDS.
Big Voice Pictures
Documentary film producers, Kathy Barbini and Simon Weinberg produce films that give voice to emerging and cutting-edge social issues, with the intention of motivating discussion, effecting change, and offering new insights and hope for individuals, families, and communities. Big Voice Pictures produced the film, “Boys and Men Healing,” about the impact that sexual abuse of boys has on both the individual and society, and the importance of healing and speaking out for the make survivors to end the devastating effects.
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR HEALING FROM SEXUAL TRAUMA
Being in Movement
Being in Movement focuses on body awareness and empowerment in a number of areas of application, including abuse recovery. By learning how to open and to balance their breathing, muscle tone and posture, abuse survivors can develop a state of calm alertness and compassionate power, which will serve as a foundation for their healing journey.
Breathe Network provides trauma-informed, sliding-scale, holistic healing arts services to survivors of all genders of sexual violence. Healing services include, but are not limited to acupuncture, chiropractic, EMDR, massage, Reiki, yoga, body-inclusive psychotherapy, and color therapy,
Healing from Sexual Abuse
A survivor written blog with a focus on healing
Just Detention International (JDI)
A health and human rights organization, JDI seeks to end sexual abuse of detainees of all genders in the US and around the world.
An international human rights organization, Love 146 is working to end human trafficking and exploitation through survivor care, prevention education, professional training, and empowering movement. They believe in the power of Love and its ability to affect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of their motivation.
National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ issues, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ rights.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
The NSVRC serves as the nation’s principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. They maintain a Directory of State and Territory Coalitions, as well as a Directory of Victim/Survivor Support Organizations that provide services to survivors.
Overcoming Sexual Abuse
This website is full of insight, encouragement, and inspiration to help survivors heal. Access is available to over a hundred articles, eBooks, and guides.
PAVE – Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment
PAVE is a non-profit organization that uses social, educational, and legislative tactics to shatter the silence of sexual violence.
The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. They operate the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. In collaboration with 1in6, RAINN provides a 24/7 online helpline for male survivors.
The mission of Survivor Spirit is to promote Hope, Healing, and Help for those impacted by trauma, abuse or mental health concerns through the use of creative arts, newsletters, a speaker’s bureau, and their website.
Catholic Whistle Blowers
A network of current and former priests, brothers, deacons, and religious women who actively support survivors of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. Many of them have reported instances of sexual abuse to civil and/or to church authorities, and they work to expose the cover-up of abuse by church leadership.
A resource for survivors of abuse in the Orthodox Churches
The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
SNAP is a national support group for individuals abused by religious authority figures. They maintain a national directory of support groups.
Faith Trust Institute
Faith Trust Institute is an international, multi-faith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. They work with all people regardless of sex, nationality or religious affiliation. They provide communities and advocates with tools and knowledge to address the religious and cultural issues related to sexual abuse.
RESOURCES FOR SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS
Military Rape Crisis Center
This center is working to put an end to sexual violence in the US Armed Forces. It is a survivor-based organization offering free and confidential support for all active duty personnel.
Protect Our Defenders
Protect Our Defenders honors, supports, and gives voice to the brave men and women in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. They seek to fix the military training, investigation, and adjudication systems related to sexual violence, system that often re-victimizes survivors by blaming them while failing to prosecute perpetrators.
RESOURCES FOR BLACK SURVIVORS
Black Sexual Abuse Survivors
The mission of the Black Sexual Abuse Survivors (BSAS) is to serve as an online support group for black, adult males and females who were sexually abused as children. BSAS is a non-professional, not-for-profit, resource.
RESOURCES FOR LGBTQ SURVIVORS
GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project
This non-profit organization was founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence. Its mission is to assist and support victims and survivors of domestic violence, focusing on the GLBTQ community, to bring about responsive public policy and to increase access to culturally competent services.
FORGE is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies). FORGE is dedicated to helping move fragmented communities beyond identity politics and to forge a movement that embraces and empowers our diverse complexities.
REGIONAL RESOURCES IN THE U.S., BY STATE
Peace Over Violence
Based in Los Angeles and the West San Gabriel Valley, Peace Over Violence is a social service agency offering one-on-one intervention for sexual assault and domestic abuse victims. The organization provides a range of specialized services reaching underserved populations. Their emergency services provide emotional support, information, compassion, accompaniment, referral, and advocacy services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It Happens to Boys Group
If you are a man who was abused as a child, they offer free group counseling the third Tuesday of each month. Call 760-346-4606 to register. Creative Change Conference provides education, awareness, and support for male survivors annually.
The Wings Foundation
Based in Denver, the Wings Foundation is a non-profit agency that provides therapist-facilitated support groups for adults sexually abused as children, provides referrals to qualified therapists, organizes educational workshops and speaking presentations, and provides bilingual (English/Spanish) information by phone or email.
The Twin Cities Men’s Center
Based in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area, the Men’s Center offers a variety of services including support groups, workshops, retreats, and conferences.
The Safe Center
Located on Long Island, the Safe Center provides services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Safe Horizon is the largest victims’ services agency in the United States, and provides services to individuals located in the New York City area. Their services include, but are not limited to, shelters, in-person counseling and legal services.
In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our Voice serves all victims of sexual assault and abuse in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Services include counseling, advocacy, and education.
Rape Recovery Center of Salt Lake City
This organization empowers victims through advocacy, crisis intervention, and therapy. They also educate the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of sexual violence
RESOURCES IN CANADA
This mission of Abuse Hurts is to provide public awareness regarding child abuse of all kinds in Canada. They have taken a special interest in raising awareness about male sexual abuse. They sponsor many educational workshops on issues faced by male survivors.
The Men’s Project
Based in Ottawa, ON, The Men’s Project offers a wide range of individual and group services for men, including men who have been sexually abused.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CIBC) of Ontario
CIBC is a program of the Ontario Government’s Ministry of the Attorney General, Victim Services Secretariat (OVSS). This program offers financial compensation for victims of crime in Ontario, designed to cover both “pain and suffering” and costs of treatment and rehabilitation. Survivors of sexual abuse can be considered for financial compensation. OVSS operates a 24/7 Victim Support Line
A Toronto community-based agency, the Gatehouse offers a wide range of services for victims of child abuse and their families. The offer peer support groups for men sexually abuse as boys.