Organization Offers Resources for Men Triggered by National Sexual Abuse Scandals
Visits to 1in6 website have more than tripled since Penn State exposure
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 21, 2011) – 1in6, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers support and resources for men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood, is well positioned to assist the many men who are seeking help in response to the recent national sexual abuse stories. The 1in6 organization selected its name to reflect an alarming and widely unknown statistic researchers have found that one in six men have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 18.
“Although many scientific studies have demonstrated the enormity of this problem, very few resources are available specifically for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse,” says Dr. David Lisak, Founding Board Member of 1in6 and Associate Professor of Psychology at The University of Massachusetts. “Little attention has been brought to the problem because it is such a taboo subject and men are very reluctant to come forward.”
The organization’s website, 1in6.org, is the most comprehensive online resource of its kind in the world. Most importantly, 1in6.org offers information and services for men at different stages of seeking help, including those who are not yet ready to “break their silence” by calling a hotline, seeking a therapist, or participating in a supportive online community.
“Many men having painful memories triggered by the Penn State story are only beginning to recognize how unwanted or abusive childhood sexual experiences have affected them,” says 1in6 Founding Board Member and Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jim Hopper. “Many of those men are not ready to tell anyone. We provide accessible information and help in a completely private setting.”
In addition to its comprehensive website, 1in6 has two other major programs. Offering trainings for therapists and other front-line workers in cities throughout the country, the organization provides state-of-the-art knowledge about the effects of childhood sexual abuse in men and science-based resource information on recovery and treatment. Also, the Community Education and Outreach campaign aims to increase awareness about the links between unwanted boyhood sexual experiences and a variety of adult male struggles.
In 1998, scientists reviewed the research and published their findings in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association. They concluded that sexual abuse of boys is “common, under-reported, under-recognized, and under-treated.” More than a decade later, it remains unrecognized as a significant social and public health issue. Just as many men who develop prostate cancer, the most common cancer and the second leading cause of death among men in this country, were sexually abused in childhood. Also, the 19 million men with histories of childhood sexual abuse is more than four times the number of those with heart disease, the leading cause of death among men.
“Like everyone else, we are deeply saddened by the recent sexual abuse scandals that have come to light,” says Lisak. “But our hope is that it can bring awareness to these men’s lives and their great need for help. We are honored to continue offering our resources to everyone affected.”
Editor’s Note: Dr. Lisak and Dr. Hopper are available for interviews as well as Steve LePore, 1in6 Executive Director, and Greg LeMond, 3-time Tour de France winner, 1in6 Board Member and victim of childhood sexual abuse.
1in6 is a nonprofit organization that offers support and resources for men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. The mission of 1in6 is to help these men live healthier, happier lives. Our mission also includes serving family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community. For more information, please visit www.1in6.org.
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