Often times people want to help others but do not know how. This cannot be any truer than when it comes to helping abused men and boys. The resources sometimes are not apparent and are often difficult to find. Sometimes the resources are hidden or even barred by other groups who wish to polarize the issue. The intent here is to provide those who wish to help male victims with the opportunity to do so. Every month I will post a new link to an organization that provides services for male victims. As the list grows, I will create a page where all the links can be found.
Please remember that you do no have to empty your wallets to help. Even a small donation can go a long way. And for those on the other side of the issue, it would go a long way to demonstrating real concern for all victims if you donated as well.
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.
Please donate and help make a difference.