1in6 Quarterly Update for Professionals – Q4 2012
We’re looking forward to an exciting Fall at 1in6 with two innovative campaigns in the works to raise awareness about all the ways that unwanted and abusive sexual experiences in childhood can continue to affect adult men. And we’ll be significantly expanding our Spanish language section on the 1in6 website to extend the availability of information and resources to help Latino men and their families heal.
The 1BlueString campaign will engage musicians across the country in the effort to heighten awareness about the fact that 1 in 6 of the men in all our communities carry the legacy of childhood sexual abuse. With the formal launch this Fall, 1BlueString will provide any interested musician with free, blue (low E) strings for their guitars – 1 of the 6 strings on a guitar – as a way to start conversations and to show support for the many men who are dealing with the impacts of childhood abuse. 1BlueString will offer organizations a fun and positive way to engage a young audience around an important topic that men typically avoid and to make talking about sexual abuse of men a more acceptable practice. We’ll also be offering 1BlueString t-shirts and a custom-made bracelet for people to show their support. Please join those who’ve already signed up to support the project. For regular updates on the progress of the campaign visit the 1BlueString Blog.
We’ve also joined again this year with our Australian partners at Living Well on a poster/visual media competition called “Let’s Talk.” Winners of this year’s $1,500 in prizes will be selected in October. We’ve asked participants from around the globe to design meaningful posters or other visual art that will help raise awareness and promote public discussion about ways to support men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and that will create hope about healing. We plan to use the submissions to develop new outreach materials that we’ll make available to you. All the submissions are now in, so visit the Competition Entry page to view the entries. And be sure to cast your vote for the People’s Choice prize. You can view the entries from last year’s “It’s Not Who I Am” contest.
Also, we’ll be uploading about 15 new pages to our Spanish section on our website this week, further enhancing what we believe is already the most comprehensive resource in Spanish about the impact of childhood sexual abuse on men. Please also check out our free, co-brandable outreach cards and brochures in Spanish (and English). Let us know which material you’d be able to use and we’ll send you the cards or brochures without cost to your organization (thanks to our partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation.)
And finally, we’re now compiling the data from our survey. We’ve received responses from over 400 individuals in organizations across the country. Half cited a need for more clinicians and mental health professionals specifically trained to serve male survivors as a critical need. Nearly two-thirds said they were looking for resources for men and family members and nearly as many felt resources for staff was critically important. Not surprisingly, increased funding for services for male survivors was a need expressed almost universally. Stay tuned for full results and state-specific breakdowns of responses.
Thanks for all your great work,
Director of Training
Peter Pollard, Director of Training provides quarterly updates for professionals, organizations and CASA’s (Coalitions Against Sexual Assault). These updates are a great opportunity for professionals to stay abreast of our work and better serve male survivors in their areas, as well. To learn more about our work with professionals visit our Professionals page or contact Peter Pollard at Peter(at)1in6.org.