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MaleSurvivor's Dare to Dream Colorado events to be held on July 22 and 25

Join us as we lift the cloak of secrecy and shame for male survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

MaleSurvivor, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men, will bring its national Dare to Dream 2 program to Denver on July 22 and Boulder on July 25. Dare to Dream will focus on a message of hope and healing while offering support for abuse survivors. The event will provide male survivors with a safe and comfortable environment to join others in lifting the veil of secrecy and shame from their experience. The program will feature the film Boys and Men Healing, a facilitated panel discussion, and an opportunity to learn about local resources and support groups.

This free, and open to the public event is intended for male survivors of sexual abuse/assault and their loved ones-supportive partners, friends, or family members and mental health professionals. Facilitators will include Christopher Anderson, MaleSurvivor Executive Director, Simon Weinberg, Producer, and Daniel Blausey MA ATR-BC, Studio Blue: Art + Psychotherapy LLC of Boulder.

The Denver event will be held Sunday July 22 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies. 980 Clarkson Street (10th Avenue & Clarkson), Denver CO 80218

The Boulder event will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the J.D. Abrams Student Cultural Center, 3rd floor, Center for Community at University of Colorado at Boulder.

Host sponsors include: University of Colorado at Boulder/LBTQ Resource Center and the Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies. Co-sponsors include: Wings Foundation, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Moving to End Sexual Assault, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, and Out Boulder.

For more information please email Trisha Massa tmassa@malesurvivor.org or call/text Daniel at 917-608-9087 or email Daniel@StudioBlueBoulder.com, www.studioblueboulder.com

MaleSurvivor “Dare to Dream New York” offers local initiative for male survivors of sexual abuse

Washington DC (April 11, 2011) – MaleSurvivor, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men will bring its national Dare to Dream program to Purchase, New York, on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Purchase College State University of New York (SUNY Music Building-Room 0001, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, NY 10577). The program, developed in response to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” highlighting male sexual abuse and featuring internationally recognized MaleSurvivor spokesperson, Dr. Howard Fradkin, will focus on bringing a message of hope and healing while offering support for abuse survivors in its fifth installment of the local programs.

Dare to Dream will provide male survivors with a safe and comfortable environment to join others in lifting the veil of secrecy and shame from their experience. The program will feature clips from Emmy-nominated “The Oprah Winfrey Show” segments, a facilitated panel discussion, and an opportunity to learn about local resources and support groups.

Former President of MaleSurvivor Curtis St. John, Murray Schane, MD and former President of MaleSurvivor, and Chris Anderson, MaleSurvivor Board Member, will facilitate the New York program. Co-sponsors include: “Wellness @ Purchase” and Speak Out! Committee.

According to MaleSurvivor:

  • It is estimated that 1 in 6 men were sexually abused as children. This statistic increases to 1 in 4 men if sexual abuse done by someone who does not actually have physical contact is included.
  • Most men NEVER talk about their abuse because boys are socially taught they should withstand emotional and physical pain without complaining.
  • Most adult males that were abused report having difficulty with intimate relationships because their ability to trust others has been damaged, often by people who told them they cared about them.
  • For many men, their abuse leads to sexual orientation confusion, sexual dysfunctions, and difficulty believing it is possible to combine sex with love.
  • Most men NEVER talk about their abuse because of extreme shame, because they believe it was their fault, and because they learned men are supposed to be strong and should never need help
  • Although the number of therapists in the world who specialize in treating male sexual abuse survivors has been increasing as organizations such as MaleSurvivor offering resources and education, the number needed to adequately treat this population is vastly underrepresented.

For more information about male sexual victimization, or to learn more about MaleSurvivor's Dare to Dream program, visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/48475050/MaleSurvivor-Dare-To-Dream-Campaign.



MaleSurvivor launches Dare to Dream: a local initiative for male survivors of sexual abuse

Washington DC (February 7, 2011)

Dare to Dream will provide male survivors with a safe and comfortable environment to join others in lifting the veil of secrecy and shame from their experience. The program will feature the screening of a film or television program with relevant subject matter, a facilitated panel discussion, and an opportunity to learn about local resources and support groups.

Current 2011 event dates include: February 27 at OSU, Moritz College of Law (Columbus, OH); March 23 at JFKU, Berkeley Campus (Berkeley, CA); and April 6 at Episcopal Church Center of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT).

According to MaleSurvivor:

  • It is estimated that 1 in 6 men were sexually abused as children. This statistic increases to 1 in 4 men if sexual abuse done by someone who does not actually have physical contact is included.
  • Most men NEVER talk about their abuse because boys are socially taught they should withstand emotional and physical pain without complaining.
  • Most adult males that were abused report having difficulty with intimate relationships because their ability to trust others has been damaged, often by people who told them they cared about them.
  • For many men, their abuse leads to sexual orientation confusion, sexual dysfunctions, and difficulty believing it is possible to combine sex with love.
  • Most men NEVER talk about their abuse because of extreme shame, because they believe it was their fault, and because they learned men are supposed to be strong and should never need help
  • Although the number of therapists in the world who specialize in treating male sexual abuse survivors has been increasing as organizations such as MaleSurvivor offering resources and education, the number needed to adequately treat this population is vastly underrepresented.

For more information about male sexual victimization, or to learn more about MaleSurvivor's Dare to Dream program, visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/48475050/MaleSurvivor-Dare-To-Dream-Campaign.

Dare to Dream in the News

McEntee: Men remember abuse to get past the pain - Salt Lake Tribune
McEntee: Healing is possible for victims of child sexual abuse - Salt Lake Tribune
McEntee: Therapy helps male survivors of child sexual abuse- Salt Lake Tribune
McEntee: Broken by abuse, men begin to mend- Salt Lake Tribune

About MaleSurvivor
MaleSurvior (www.MaleSurvivor.org) is not-for-profit organization committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism. Founded in 1994, the organization has reached over 50 million individuals whose lives have been forever impacted by sexual abuse.