Responding to Men Sexually Abused in Childhood: Hotline Practices

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Advocates working with men on telephone or online support lines may encounter particular challenges to engaging men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. 

This workshop includes:

  • A discussion of specific scenarios and issues that might arise working with male survivors in crisis.
  • An examination of misunderstandings and fears that might discourage a man from disclosing sexual abuse experiences .
  • An assessment of ways that core skills might be modified to work more effectively with male survivors.
  • A review of the effects of childhood sexual trauma on male survivors and how it sometimes differs from the effects on female survivors.
  • An exploration of socialized biases and beliefs about men that might impact participants’ effectiveness in working with male survivors.  


Participants will be able to

  • Identify 4 myths/ misunderstandings that may get in the way of men utilizing crisis services.
  • Describe 3 differences in attitude or tone that a man might display in describing his experiences.
  • Discuss 3 ways to modify core practices to address concerns men might have about revealing vulnerability.
  • Discuss 3 self-care strategies for advocates to identify and address their own reaction to potential difference in how males’ might approach the issue of childhood sexual abuse.
  • Name 3 resources specific to men healing from childhood sexual abuse.


A 90-minute workshop for SV/DV program developers as well as outreach, prevention & response teams and other professionals looking to further engage male survivors of childhood sexual abuse through traditional and innovative outreach strategies. Not intended for survivors as a healing

Also available as a webinar!

For additional information please contact:

Tracey Awad, Training Coordinator, tracey(at)

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