This is great news! They are also doing a special showing of Antwone Fisher with a documentary about female perpetrators of sexual abuse victims-called Girls Do It Too. It is a great documentary! If you can see it, please do!
But it is great to see Canada really making people aware of the issue!!


April is Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month
Sponsored by the British Columbia Society For Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, April has been proclaimed Male Survivors Awareness month. Several local governments have joined BCSMSSA in this annual acknowledgment of an often overlooked segment of our community. The following local governments have issued proclamations:

Mainland

City of Vancouver
District of Mission
City of Richmond
City of Surrey
District of Pitt Meadows
City of Port Coquitlam
City of North Vancouver
Vancouver Island

District of Oak Bay
District of Esquimalt
District of Langford
District of Highlands
Town of View Royal
With some variations, the proclamations read as follows:

Whereas The problem of child sexual abuse persists in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance;

And Whereas The problem of boyhood sexual exploitation is often overlooked, neglected and poorly understood;

And Whereas While efforts to protect female children from sexual exploitation and rehabilitative services provided to those who are traumatized are underway, collectively applying these same efforts on behalf of male children has lagged;

And Whereas Boys who are sexually abused usually lack appropriate adult male role models and mentors to assist them in their recovery, provide support during any prosecution and advocate on their behalf with other adults and organizations and as a result sustain additional trauma and suffer developmentally;

And Whereas It is encouraged that all adult survivors provide appropriate nurturing, support and guidance to sexual abuse victims as they are able;

And Whereas All adult survivors advocate for the prevention of childhood sexual abuse and for the development of effective and comprehensive recovery and rehabilitative programs for victims within the limits of his or her government and cultural restrictions and to the extent he or she is able;

Now, Therefore I, __________, Mayor of ____________ Do Hereby Proclaim the month of April, 2003 as