“I have been waiting for this topic to be discussed at length for some time. I have been taking female based tools and adapting them to the sexually abused males who are treated in my clinic. I appreciated the strength and honesty of the presenter, but also was grateful for his dedication to providing specific support for male sexual abuse survivors which included providing specific education to mental health providers.” – feedback from a recent MaleSurvivor training
A compassionate and effective response to the behavioral health needs of male sexual abuse survivors requires holistic and trauma-informed solutions that take into account the unique challenges and sensitivities of male victims of sexual trauma.
One of the founders of MaleSurvivor, Dr. Richard Gartner writes that for those who have been sexually abused, “betrayal is …. life’s core issue.” For many boys and men the harm of the initial betrayal of sexual abuse is compounded by the lack of a compassionate response from friends, family, and their community. In addition, toxic stereotypes about masculinity create powerful disincentives to disclosure by men of their pain and suffering. As a result, it is not uncommon for a male survivor to ignore, repress, or avoid disclosure and help-seeking for years – sometimes decades. All of these factors can make it difficult for a clinician to have effective and healing interactions with survivors of sexual violence. Difficult, but not impossible.
Many of MaleSurvivor’s founders are themselves psychologists and social workers, researchers and clinicians, who recognized early on that part of the challenge of addressing male sexual victimization is a profound need for more training on the dynamics of male sexual victimization and best practices for working with male survivors. Since our founding, MaleSurvivor has worked tirelessly to increase the level of professional awareness by writing articles for mainstream and peer-reviewed journals, providing trainings to thousands of professionals, hosting community awareness events, and organizing over a dozen professional conferences on male sexual abuse.
All of these efforts are made possible by the core partnership that exists between survivors and professionals in the MaleSurvivor community. If you are a professional seeking more information on male sexual abuse and it’s effects, we invite you to review the resources we have collected here and join us at a training or conference in the future.
Facts About Male Sexual Abuse – A short overview of some of the most important facts and statistics about male sexual victimization.
Professional Trainings – MaleSurvivor experts are available to provide trainings to professional from all types of backgrounds upon request.
Therapist Directory – MaleSurvivor’s Therapist Directory is a listing of hundreds of mental health professionals from around the United States and elsewhere who work with male survivors of sexual abuse. (Clinicians: You may register with the directory for free here.)
Support Group Directory – A listing of both therapist led and peer led support groups.
Resource Directory – an international directory of mental health professionals and support groups that have a focus on providing support for male sexual victimization issues.
MaleSurvivor Recovery Events – Every year MaleSurvivor offers professionally facilitated Weekends and Days of Recovery for male survivors of sexual abuse. We also offer workshops for other survivors and partners of survivors at times as well.
Bibliography of Professional Articles – One of the largest and most comprehensive bibliographies of professional books and articles on sexual abuse and male sexual victimization.
1 – Gartner, R. B. (2010). Beyond betrayal: Taking charge of your life after boyhood sexual abuse. John Wiley & Sons.