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This section has websites that we recommend as additional resources. They are grouped into national, local/regional, and international resources. The list is not comprehensive, and some of the sites have their own resources/links sections.
Also, what you’re looking for may be found in other sections, including Get Help or Therapists and Other Professionals. (Parents/caregivers of a sexually abused child, see former advisory board member Dr. Jim Hopper’s resources here.)
Big Voice Pictures – Web site of director/producer Kathry Barbini and Boys and Men Healing, her recently released (2010) documentary. It’s a powerful and moving film that tells the stories of three courageous men, two white and one African American, who have found healing for themselves and helped many others (Asian American, Latino, and gay men are also featured). It is an insightful, wise and compassionate film that perfectly balances storytelling and reflection on issues affecting all men sexually abused as boys, including struggles with intimacy and the cycle of violence. Boys and Men Healing brings not only understanding, but great hope and inspiration. The site has excerpts from the film and a store for purchasing it.
Black Sexual Abuse Survivors – “The mission of the Black Sexual Abuse Survivors (BSAS) Web site is to serve as an online support group for black, adult males and females who were sexually abused as children. BSAS is a non-professional, not-for-profit resource, where its participants provide support to each other online with their recovery from sexual abuse.”
FaithTrust Institute – “FaithTrust Institute is an international, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence.” They provide communities and advocates with tools and knowledge to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse. They work with many communities, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Buddhist, Jewish, Latino/a, Muslim, Black, Anglo, Indigenous, Protestant and Roman Catholic. Their site has a number of resources on the issue of Sexual Abuse by Clergy.
Richard Gartner, Ph.D. – Dr. Gartner has written books and articles on the sexual abuse of males and their treatment in therapy, and is past president of MaleSurvivor. His website has many resources, including writings and testimony by him on a variety of issues relevant to males with histories of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. – Dr. Hopper is a nationally recognized consultant, trainer, and lecturer. He is an expert on the neurobiology of trauma and sexual assault, and on the unique experiences and needs of males who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. He was also a founding board member of 1in6. His website contains many valuable writings on the topics of child abuse; sexual assault; the brain; mindfulness and meditation; and healing and happiness.
Incest, Sexual and Ritual Abuse, Emotional Abuse: Articles for Survivors and Their Friends – Several short, clear and informative articles by Kali Munro, a therapist with experience treating men with histories of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.
Therapist Resource Directory at The Association of Black Psychologists – Lists African American psychologists around the country and their areas of specialty, including “sexual abuse.” Those without that specialized focus may know African American or other therapists of color (or White therapists) in their area who are skilled at working with people of color who’ve had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) – RAINN has a 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline (800 656-4673) staffed with trained volunteers and paid staff members who also have knowledge of sexual abuse issues and services. All calls are automatically routed to local centers in the RAINN network, which sometimes are not adequately trained to understand male callers (or give them appropriate referrals). All calls are confidential, and callers may remain anonymous if they wish.
Safer Society Foundation – The Safer Society Foundation, Inc. (SSF) is a nonprofit agency and national research, advocacy, and referral center for the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse. The SSF provides training and consultation to individuals, agencies, states and organizations. Their Web site has a list of Safer Society Press books and videos. For information about their “Treatment Referrals Program” for sexual abuse perpetrators, see their Contact Us page.
Sidran Institute – This is a national non-profit organization that offers services to helps people understand, recover from, and treat traumatic stress (including PTSD), dissociative disorders, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality. There are many excellent resources here, including Resources for Survivors and Loved Ones.
SNAP – Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests – “SNAP is a national self-help organization of men and women who were sexually abused by Catholic priests (brothers, nuns, deacons, teachers, etc). Members find healing and empowerment by joining with other survivors.”
Stop It Now! – “Stop It Now! believes that all adults must accept the responsibility to recognize, acknowledge and confront the behaviors that lead to the sexual abuse of children. We offer adults tools they can use to prevent sexual abuse – before there’s a victim to heal or an offender to punish. In collaboration with our network of community-based Stop It Now! programs, we reach out to adults who are concerned about their own or others’ sexualized behavior toward children.” Stop It Now! also provides a tollfree, confidential hotline.
The Surviving Spirit – A nonprofit that promotes hope, healing and help for those impacted by trauma, abuse or mental health concerns through the use of the creative arts, a speakers’ bureau, newsletter, website, brochure, retail gallery, coffeehouse, media center and more.
The DC Rape Crisis Center provides free individual and group counseling to adults who were sexually abused as children, as well as a 24/7 hotline. This center is known for understanding males’ experiences and needs, and for those only wanting to speak with male hotline staff this can be arranged within 1-2 business days.
The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) is a nonprofit agency whose mission includes advocating for all victims and survivors of sexual assault and child sexual abuse, including several services and programs just for men, and providing ongoing support and healing to all survivors of sexual assault.
Peace Over Violence is a Los Angeles and West San Gabriel Valley social service agency offering one-on-one interventions for sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse, and stalking; youth violence and child abuse prevention programs; and a range of specialized services reaching underserved groups like Latinas, Deaf, Disabled and Elder, LGBTQ, and Youth. Their Emergency Services provide emotional support, information, compassion, accompaniment, referral and advocacy services – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Twin Cities Men’s Center – This organization in the Minneapolis-St Paul area offers a variety of services including groups, workshops, retreats, presentations and conferences. A variety of support groups meet weekly, including one for men abused sexually and otherwise as children or adults. Another group discusses concerns about sexual behavior and boundaries, including excessive, compulsive or obsessive sexual activities or pornography use, as well as inappropriate fantasies/thoughts/urges.
The Wings Foundation is a Denver nonprofit agency that provides therapist-facilitated support groups for adults sexually abused as children and their loved ones; referrals to qualified therapists; educational workshops and speaking presentations; and information and resources in English and Spanish by phone or email.
British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse is a Vancouver-based non-profit society that provides support, individual and group therapy for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives, and support to their significant relatives and others. They also work to ensure clear, consistent communication in dealing with other involved agencies or professionals in order to guarantee comprehensive case management; and consult with community and government groups in the areas of prevention, treatment, therapy, and related matters.
Men & Healing in Ottawa, Ontario is a psychotherapy center specifically designed for men and their families. Their accredited therapists provide individual counseling as well as both short-term and long-term group treatment programs for men who have experienced sexual or physical abuse as children. Other services include anger management services (both group and individual), emotional intelligence (both group or individual) and other related issues. They also offer a Canada-wide training service on issues of male sexual trauma, trauma recovery, and other related issues.
The Men’s Trauma Center is a non-profit society based in Victoria, B.C. Canada. The Men’s Trauma Centre exists to provide treatment and support services to adult and late adolescent males who are survivors of physical, emotional or sexual trauma as well as support for our clients’ significant others. They also develop educational materials on the traumatization of males, help other agencies improve their responses to male clients who be survivors of trauma, and consult with community and government groups on prevention, treatment, legal and other issues relating to the sexual violation of males.
Just Detention International – Stop Prison Rape is an organization that works to end the sexual abuse of detainees in the U.S. and around the world. Their site provides many great resources for men and boys who have been raped in jails and other detention facilities – in many cases after already having had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences as boys.
Living Well is a Queensland resource which offers a range of services specifically designed to assist men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault, their partners, friends and family and service providers. Their website alone is an amazing resource with tons of information.
ASCA – Adults Surviving Child Abuse is a ASCA is a national organisation which works to improve the lives of adult survivors of child abuse throughout Australia.
Mankind (U.K.) delivers specialist support services to men (18+) who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or adult sexual assault at any time in their lives. It’s the only service of its kind in the South East of England.
Survivors Manchester (U.K.) is a survivor-led/survivor-run voluntary organization that aims to create and facilitate a safe space for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape to work through personal and sometimes painful issues.
The Survivors Trust (U.K.) is a national umbrella agency for 130 specialist voluntary sector agencies providing a range of counselling, therapeutic and support services working with women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. You can search using a map of the UK and Ireland or by type of service.
First Step Cambodia is a new project designed to meet the needs of male victims and survivors of sexual abuse and their families, carers, supporters and communities.