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#27117 - 12/09/02 07:49 PM problems with paying for therapy
fhorns Offline
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Registered: 08/10/02
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For the first time in my life, I began therapy for the "real" issue of incest, as compared to never attending counselling for that focus. I've spent a lot of money warming couches.

There is a great deal of inner conflict with how I will pay for the present counselling. It couldn't come from my own pockets. I don't have it. But I was told about how the state attorney's office has a sexual victim compensation deal where I can get therapy for this. I had good talks with a case manager there, she sent me info with names and numbers about therapists in the area, and then we spoke again about how it would all work.
After contacting and interviewing my present therapist, I was led to believe that it was good to proceed with therapy (before I had filed any paperwork). I was confident that as questions came from the state as far as validity, my therapist would vouch for me.
3 sessions in, I send the compensation request form in. I get a reply saying they need a police report on it. I didn't panic since I was told there are always checks and police reports aren't absolutely necassary for adult victims. So I called the number on the letter and eventually talked with a lady. She said I could not receive help unless I had reported while I was still a child. Minors can file a report at any time until they are 18. She said I was ineligible for assistance. And when I called back and rechecked, I was told I would have to report the perp if I wanted assistance now. I don't want to do that. Maybe my hate hasn't come forth, but I never intended on making his life hell just to get free therapy.
Suggestions? Experience with this?


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#27118 - 12/09/02 08:11 PM Re: problems with paying for therapy
The Dean Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
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Loc: Milwaukee, WI
I have not experienced anything like this. I see that they need to make sure that a person really was a victim. But I would not think it necessary to have to file a police report.

There is one thing that strikes me though. I wonder if you might not want to report the perp since he most likely in perping other kids now. That would be your purpose, not getting free therapy.

Sorry that they are makling it so complicated for you.

Bob

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#27119 - 12/09/02 09:10 PM Re: problems with paying for therapy
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Registered: 09/01/02
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Loc: Cheyenne, WY
I also was directed to the victims assistance area at my local police dept. However, I was told that for my case to procede that I needed to file a report. The perp that I filed against was dead .... so there is nothing that can be done to him and he can't hurt anyone else. If you get a decent cop and he is compassionate ... he will help you with filling out the paper work. All I can say is that the laws need to be changed. Right now the laws are designed to protect the perps and re-victimize the victim.

Good luck with it all. I know that I am fighting a losing battle with my insurance company and trying to get them to pay for the therapy that I have been paying OUTRAGEOUS premiums for.

Take care

John

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#27120 - 12/09/02 10:27 PM Re: problems with paying for therapy
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Loc: Arizona, USA
Perhaps I was quite fortunate but I found a non-profit organization called the Center Against Sexual Abuse/Assult (CASA). This is in Phoenix but there must be more of these organizations around the country. They operate on a sliding scale so I only pay $15. I find it well worth the price. Good luck,
mike

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#27121 - 12/10/02 12:20 AM Re: problems with paying for therapy
Thad Offline
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Registered: 08/28/01
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Loc: Oakland, CA
Each state runs their programs a bit different, however, in CA I have been involved in filing a claim many years later for someone who was 18. No police report was made but there was evidence of sexual trauma from previous therapy and reports in his social services file - it is in the process now of being submitted and considered.
It is true that I was also told that there had to be a police report - however - it was a policy guideline that was an interpretation of the law concerning relief and was something that could be challenged on the basis of the fact that the policy excluded a common symptom of abuse, after revealed trauma.

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#27122 - 12/10/02 03:33 AM Re: problems with paying for therapy
Mark S Offline
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Registered: 08/25/02
Posts: 130
Loc: England
Fhorns.

I feel slightly odd replying to your post. I'm a UK citizen so feel I'm not qualified to know your laws etc.

I do however find it distressing that your system is so weighed against the victim, I thought it was bad enough over here.

Whilst I hear and understand that it would be great if you were able to report your perp for the sake of others, that is not your problem!!! It may sound selfish but you/we have to keep ourselves safe. As I have said in other post my perp was a male nurse. He may still be active he may not. If people had told of his actions before he got to me, (I was obviously not his first), I wouldn't have had all those years of hell. If I had been able to tell sooner I may have saved others from his vile acts. For ages I felt guilty that he may still be active. Then my therapist reminded me that I have to keep myself safe in order to function. As I say in an ideal world we would all find the inner strenght, courage, etc to confront our perp, we don't live in an ideal world and many of us are only just finding the courage, inner strength to look after ourselves.

Over here in the UK, I found a therapist through a charitable organisation. They asked for donations based on what I could afford. Which wasn't very much as I'm a disabled wheel chair user. I was in Therapy for almost two years and the cost wasn't bought up once. I only hope such orgnisations exist where you are.

Good luck in your endeavours.

Mark S


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#27123 - 12/10/02 04:41 AM Re: problems with paying for therapy
Ross Offline
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Registered: 06/18/02
Posts: 34
Loc: Vancouver, BC Canada
Hi Fhorns:

Kind of a tough place to be. Never a clear path with abuse. Incest is especially tough to deal with I think.

Contrary to some, I agree that an official complaint should be made. I say this because from reading various American state statutes it is my understanding there is often no statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, particularly for first degree sexual abuse.

In addition it helps too ensure the abuser, if living, is not abusing others.

I also think it validates the victim if handled correctly by authorities. I hope you get support and someone to help advocate for you where you live. Therapy really helped me.

Sincerely

Ross


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#27124 - 12/10/02 07:21 AM Re: problems with paying for therapy
Muldoon Offline
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Registered: 05/30/02
Posts: 1428
Loc: St Paul MN
Fhorns.
I don't know how things work down there in FL. but up here in MN the catholic church was reaching out to all victims of sexual abuse not just those abused by the church, I would give the victims advcate at the local diocese a call. They are helping all people up here in ST. Paul maybe they will do the same in FL. Good luck Muldoon

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#27125 - 12/10/02 11:14 AM Re: problems with paying for therapy
Roy Offline
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Registered: 08/02/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Los Angeles
I think it is important to make some distinctions here. Rules and procedures are in place to make sure the limited amount of money available for such things actually goes to serve those who are most in need due to their being sexually abused or assaulted. Otherwise anyone could say they had been victimized in this way and they would get free therapy. That's not the same as re-victimization or protecting perpetrators. Who's going to pay for it? The larger issue here is a national healthcare system like the rest of the civilized world has but that is a different conversation altoghether.

Sleepy Mike, the resource you found in Phoenix sounds great but is unfortunately and not surprisingly rare throughout the US. A few like it in places here and there but not much. We need a lot more like it thats for sure. Good luck with this fhorns, going through this must be very frustrating.


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#27126 - 12/10/02 12:35 PM Re: problems with paying for therapy
Sleepy Offline
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Registered: 10/08/02
Posts: 288
Loc: Arizona, USA
Roy,
It would be nice if MS had a list of these organizations. Maybe they do. But it would be nice to have a quick link to them. Does anyone in the administration know more about this?
mike

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