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1in6 Quarterly Update for Professionals — Q2 2013

Spring is a time for celebrating fresh starts and we’ve got some news (as in “new”) to share:

  • New 1in6 Outreach Materials for SAAM and beyond
  • New Organization – international collaboration to support men who experience sexual abuse
  • New 1in6 Staff – new expertise
  • New 1in6 Training Option – one-day training

New Outreach Card – Even with Sexual Assault Awareness Month upon us it’s still not too late to stock up on materials focused on reaching out to men who had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. We have a new tri-fold, business-card size card “Three things you can do for yourself today” that offers a simple, direct resource for men who experienced abuse or for those who care about them. They’re perfect to hand out at community events, film screenings or trainings where a man might be triggered and be looking for some direction. They’re available for free.

In addition to the tri-fold cards, we have lots of other co-brandable outreach materials to engage men, available for free, thanks to a partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation. And even if you don’t manage to reach them during SAAM, the 19 million adult male survivors of sexual abuse will be there needing services all year long.

New Organization – Our Canadian partners at The Men’s Project of Ottawa launched 1in6 Canada on March 21, expanding on its long-time commitment to supporting men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. See the 1in6 Canada Website here.

When 1in6 was founded in 2007, we reviewed clinical programs throughout North America to find the approach that most closely aligned with 1in6’s philosophy. We found The Men’s Project’s Men and Healing treatment program represented the best practices that 1in6 believes will contribute to men’s recovery from the effects of childhood abuse. Men and Healing became the cornerstone or our professional training program and we’ve worked closely with The Men’s Project since. 1in6 will be a co-sponsor of The Men’s Project/1in6 Canada’s 3rd Annual Summer Institute on Male Sexual Trauma and Recovery, June 10-14, 2103 in Ottawa.

1in6 Canada will operate as a fully independent partner of 1in6. The collaboration with The Men’s Project and the development of 1in6 Canada is part of an ongoing international collaboration of three organizations serving male survivors, 1in6, 1in6 Canada, and Living Well of Australia. Together, the three have partnered to promote well-being with men around the globe who have been sexually abused in childhood.

New Staff – Our new Community Education, Outreach and Awareness Director, Martha Lucia Marin, joined us in February. Bringing her expertise in Violence Prevention Education and Victim Advocacy from Florida, she taught thousands of youth and adults there as well as trained professionals on topics related to sexual violence such as Sexual Harassment, LGBTQ Bullying, Cyber-bullying, Teen Dating Violence, and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Her work with male students (especially the incarcerated) helped her to quickly identify the need for resources targeted at men.

Her role as Chair of the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition provided her the platform to raise these concerns with service providers, educators, law enforcement, and government administrators. We’re thrilled to have Martha on board to help freshen our outreach programming. She’s recently written an op-ed about including men in SAAM outreach that’s available free for distribution or re-printing.

New training option – We’ve added a one-day training to the varied roster of 1in6 training options, “It Happens, It Matters, A One-Day Training Concerning Male Sexual Trauma & The Recovery Process” is an introductory training on male sexual victimization, which offers a primer on the basic concepts, theories and approaches to working with male survivors for frontline professionals, clinicians and volunteers. In many respects, the training can serve as a prerequisite for participants wanting to engage in effective intervention strategies with this population. Contact Martha Marin at martha@1in6.org for more information.

Thanks,

Peter

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