Sunday, September 19, 2010

For the Boys (International Days Part II)

First Annual International Days: Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence

Male survivors of sexual abuse and violence

Today is the second and final day of 2010's International Days for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence. Yesterday I shared advice from male survivors. Today I'm sharing some of their favorite online resources. The following links are helpful not only for male survivors themselves, but also for their supporters. Please take the time to browse, bookmark, and utilize the wonderful tools that are available online: - "... a place for you to learn more, find answers to your questions, reflect on your situation, and explore your options - all at your own pace, and in complete privacy" with a mission to "help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. This includes providing resources for people who care about them."

Burying Jack: - "One man's journey through therapy for childhood sexual abuse."

Child Abuse Survivor: - A site complete with resources and a blog "About a male survivor of childhood abuse, and the issues he faces in adult life."

Lavender Men: - "Stay Informed • Keep Connected • Be Inspired" - "We are committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism."

Shattering the Silence: - "Help for male survivors of sexual abuse." This blog belongs to the author of "When a Man You Love Was Abused" (Cecil Murphey). To read my review of  "When a Man You Love Was Abused" click here.

Thoughts Along The Road to Healing: - "Overcoming the Effects of Growing up in an Alcoholic Family"

One of the things that has really spoken to me in the last couple of weeks is that when I look at the statistics on my blog, views on the entries tagged "Male Survivors" outnumber views on my other most popular entries 3-to-1. I feel as though that's a pretty good indicator that males and their loved ones are looking for help, advice, support, resources. What will we do to bridge the gap and help these men garner the strength and courage to tell their truths?

Until next time... May you be blessed - and inspired to pass it on!
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