Stop the Abuse: Raising Awareness the Right Way

Many organizations create ad campaigns to address sexual violence. Often those campaigns include no mention of male victims, when they do, it is typically a tired add-on that feels out of place with the rest of the campaign.

Living Well found a way to include male victims the right way:

In 2011, in order to raise awareness and increase support for men who have been sexually abused in childhood, we created 2 new posters. In creating these resources, we were confronted by the problem that they were only available in English: they did not speak to people from different cultures who speak different languages. Since then we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have come forward and volunteered to translate the posters into many different languages.

24 languages and counting…

To date, volunteers have assisted us in translating the posters into Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, German, French Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Czech, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Arabic, Dari (Afghanistan), Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Chinese, Vietnamese, Fillipino, Fijian. We have also been encouraged to create two new posters that confront the additional challenges faced by people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

[…] At Living Well, we welcome opportunities to collaborate with community members and organisations to produce further multilingual resources that raise awareness and increase support for people who have experienced sexual abuse. We are particularly interested in partnering and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations and communities to produce culturally appropriate resources and support.

It is a wonderful effort that can actually do some good in terms of reaching out to male victims and educating the public. Here is an example of one of the English posters:

This is the kind of campaign we need to see more of.

Anonymous survey of domestic abuse victims in NSW

The Australian organization One in Three Campaign posted a link to an open survey happening in the country:

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is conducting a survey of domestic abuse victims in NSW to find out why many do not report their abuse to police and/or do not seek the assistance of services for victims of domestic abuse. The senior research officer conducting the research is Dr Emma Birdsey.

BOCSAR is seeking your assistance in carrying out the survey, participation in which is both voluntary and anonymous. No identifying information will be published. Everyone participating in the survey will receive a $25 Woolworths gift voucher for their help and time.

If you or your agency is willing to assist us in our research, we request that you:

1) Display the attached posters in your centre

2) Pass to your clients the attached leaflets

3) Send Emma an email with the first name and phone number of each client who expresses a willingness to participate in the survey.

Surveying will commence on 15 November 2012 and conclude on 30 April 2013. You will be provided with a copy of the research report when it is complete. All participant contact details will be destroyed immediately on completion of the research.

Please don’t hesitate to direct any questions you may have about this project to Emma, emma_birdsey@agd.nsw.gov.au or 02 9231 9158.

I think this is only open to people who are from Australia. For those readers who are or know people who live in the country, if you have an experience you want to share, please follow the links to participate.

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A priest notorious in school for ‘tampering with boys’ — In March 2009, Spiritan/Holy Ghost priest Fr Henry Maloney pleaded guilty in the Circuit Criminal Court to abusing Mark Vincent Healy and the late Paul Daly when both were pupils at St Marys College in Dublins Rathmines between 1969 and 1973. He was given a suspended sentence due to ill health and as he was already under strict supervision at Kimmage Manor in Dublin, where he has been since.

Boy Scout files show nearly 20 sex-abuse cases with New Orleans connections — More than 70 Louisiana cases are listed among the “perversion files” — a vast, long-secret collection of documents chronicling men cast out of the Boy Scouts of America over the past six decades because, in many cases, they were suspected of being child molesters. Nearly 20 of the cases have a connection to New Orleans — a city particularly salient in the history of the Scouts as the site of the organization’s first well-known sex-abuse scandal 36 years ago.

Boy Scouts of America: Safety net for youths still has flaws — A Boy Scout meeting at an elementary school in Bloomington, Ill., came to an unexpected end for one adult volunteer: Police arrested the uniformed assistant scoutmaster, acting on a tip about a convicted sex offender in a school zone. Brian Liska was surprised by his arrest in October 2011 — just as he’d been surprised months earlier when he learned that the Boy Scouts of America’s national office had approved him as a volunteer in the first place. “It kind of puzzled me,” Liska, 38, said in a recent phone interview.  Continue reading

1 Blue String

Here is a new campaign call 1BlueString from 1in6 raising awareness about sexual violence against boys:

1BlueString is the first awareness campaign to support the 1 in 6 men in the U.S> who were sexually abused in childhood.

The campaign is simple. We are asking guitarists at all levels, in all genres, to help us raise awareness of this alarming statistic by playing with 1 blue string.

The strings and picks will be provided free of charge. All we hope for in return is that you will participate and share your support.

Our campaign is funded, so stay tuned for a Fall 2012 launch. Until then, please help us get people talking: @1bluestring

It looks like they are still in the process of getting the campaign going. I will keep readers updated on the progress.