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Since the late 1970s research has documented that 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before her 18th birthday and that at least 1 in 6 boys suffers the same fate. Any person who has been sexually abused - male or female - experiences lasting effects and enduring emotional pain. Most of the organizations that serve survivors of sexual abuse have been created by women for women. Because so few people know that large numbers of males are sexually abused, male survivors have been unseen, neglected and therefore underserved.

Sadly, for males caught in this tragedy not of their own making, instead of needed understanding they confront profound misunderstanding in a culture that values invulnerability and denial of pain as essential qualities of manliness. Men simply are not allowed to admit that they have been sexually exploited and abused!

People with histories of sexual abuse and their therapists have found that individuals must have the support of others during their recoveries. Because of societal attitudes (especially denial) toward the sexual abuse of males, we believe that boys and men need added support to come forward and ask for help. If the community fails to see signs of abuse or ignores a cry for help, a child or adult may feel utterly abandoned and not speak up again - often leading to years of emotional trauma.

Identification, assessment and intervention will help prevent abused boys from becoming self-destructive or abusive adolescents and men. MaleSurvivor exists to serve any male who has been sexually abused. Although our work is directed to males, we are interested in helping any victim of sexual abuse.

MaleSurvivor recognizes and respects the diversity of sexual abuse survivors and caregivers. This problem is not limited to people of any particular gender, race, religion, age, nationality, socioeconomic class, or sexual orientation.

Through its informational programs and services, MaleSurvivor also helps the public and the media to recognize and understand males who have been sexually abused, and most important, promotes the actions we all can take to confront and fight the realities, and destroy the myths, of male sexual abuse.