Women’s Resource Center Events Aim to Raise Awareness About Male Victims of Sexual Abuse
State College, PA
February 01, 2018
Centre County Women’s Resource Center will host a series of events beginning Thursday (Feb. 1) to help combat the stigma felt by men who experienced childhood sexual abuse.
An estimated one in six men in the United States have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before the age of 18, and often those men are overlooked or not believed, increasing a feeling of shame, according to CCWRC.
“In a society that expects men to always be tough and that can hardly imagine men as victims of anything, it can be extremely difficult for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse to seek help,” said Jordan Gibby, advocate and prevention educator at CCWRC. “We’re working to overcome those barriers and help the men in our community know that they’re not alone. Anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse, and no one should have to live a life thinking that the abuse they experienced was their fault,”
At four events in February, CCWRC will hold informational sessions and display art from the Bristlecone Project, which shares stories of men recovering from sexual abuse.
The events will include a panel discussion, an explanation of local services for men and a screening of a 30-minute documentary about The Bristlecone Project.
The first session will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Schlow Centre Region Library. The panel discussion will include Lawrence Conrad, a survivor and former site administrator for the national organization MaleSurvivor; Anthony D’Augelli a therapist and retired Penn State professor; Brian Patchcoski, director of Penn State’s LGBTQA Student Resource Center; and Geoff Landers-Nolan counselor/advocate at CCWRC.
Sessions also will be held around Centre County:
- Millheim: Feb. 3, 1 p.m. at the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center
- Bellefonte: 15, 6 p.m. at the Centre County Library
- Philipsburg: Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. at Holt Memorial Library