For men whose lives have been disrupted by unwanted or abusive sexual experiences, working through it can help turn things around.

1 in 6 men have been sexually abused.

Conventional wisdom about sexual abuse limits and distorts people’s understanding about men’s needs, safety, and vulnerability when they’ve had a confusing or abusive sexual experience.

The Issue


Lots of things qualify as “unwanted sexual experiences,” even if at first a boy or man was grateful for the attention. It could include an experience that a man may not be ready to label as abusive, or even understand how it might have been.

Healing can begin when he recognizes the possible connection between those experiences and common reactions – reactions that often lead to rocky relationships, lost jobs, addictive habits, depression and even violence.

Whatever the experience, whatever the reaction, we can help sort through the confusion – safely and anonymously.

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Stories of Survivors

Everyone’s story is unique, but you may find that other men’s experiences shed light on your own.

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