We’re grateful to have enjoyed another year (our 10th year!) of service and growth at 1in6, marked by strides in our awareness-raising efforts and the expansion of our online support services for men who have experienced sexual abuse and assault, and the people who care about them. Here are a few highlights from 2017:
Expanding Online Services
As you may recall, we updated our mission in 2016 to include serving men who experienced sexual assault in adulthood. In September 2017, thanks to a generous grant from the Ahmanson Foundation, we began offering an online support group for this population. Our support group program is now comprised of three groups per week: Mondays and Wednesdays for men who experienced sexual abuse in childhood, and Thursdays for men who experienced sexual assault as adults. The knowledge we’ve gained over the past two years of support group service positions us to begin offering more groups, and we’ve identified some priority populations: Spanish-speaking men, transgender men, male veterans, and partners of men. We’re hopeful that we will soon have a robust support group program with multiple groups taking place each day.
Growing Awareness Internationally
2017 has also been an incredible year for our Bristlecone Project awareness campaign. David Lisak (1in6 Board Chair and Bristlecone Project founder) and Claire Harwell (1in6 Board Member) visited New Zealand at the end of the summer to capture the stories of two dozen men. The campaign now boasts 117 brave participants, and there are currently over 100 men worldwide who are on the waiting list to share their stories. We hope to visit some of them in 2018.
Building a Video Library
An important part of the Bristlecone Project is the filming of each volunteer during the portrait sessions. The two and three hour sessions are now being edited down to short two and three minute vignettes on such topics as anger, fear, hope, resiliency, etc., and will soon populate a library-by-topic that can be accessed via our website. The library will be accessible to the public, survivors, and clinical professionals, and will function as both an educational resource and awareness tool—informing, inspiring, and promoting healing.
Training the Military
Also this year we continued our rewarding relationship with the military by presenting at 11 installations across the country, including at Joint Base Myer-Hendersen in Fort Myer, VA, where we were honored to speak to 1600 Old Guard soldiers. We’re currently in conversations with different branches of the military to determine how we might offer support as they work to grow and develop resources and services inclusive of men.
Partnering with the NFL and Viacom
We’ve enjoyed two generous year-end gifts from the NFL and Viacom that will go toward our awareness initiative. Would you consider being a year-end supporter as well? Your tax deductible donation in any amount helps us continue providing free and anonymous services for men and the people who care about them, including our 24/7 helpline and online support groups.
You have my word that we will invest your support wisely. In fact, if there is a specific area that you have an interest in funding please let me know and we will accommodate your request. You can give directly through this link – 1in6.org/donate. Or you can send a check to: POB 222033, Santa Clarita, CA 91322.
Warmest regards to you and your family and friends for a happy holiday season,