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How to create SAAM events inclusive of the 1 in 6 Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Groups organize events, trainings, speak outs, and walk a mile in heels to raise awareness about sexual abuse. Often these events forget about an underserved population: male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Research points to how trauma and adverse childhood experiences can increase a person’s risk of future trauma and negative coping mechanisms like risky sexual behaviors, addiction, depression,… Learn more »

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Triggers and Healing: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

I have had over five years of therapy, speak publically at least twice a month, write over two dozen articles a year and hear from survivors every day, yet I still find I get emotionally triggered at times. We moved back to Portland recently and I found a street near our apartment that made my stomach get in a knot every time I drove there. There is a retirement center on that street where my abuser took me once. I waited in the car while he went in. I don’t remember what happened before or after that stop, but whatever it was, it wasn’t good. The memory makes me feel like someone else’s property. A thing.

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The Wives’ Common Complaint: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

Because of my blog for male survivors of sexual assault, I get a number of personal emails. The most common email I receive comes from women. They’re married to men who were molested—sometimes the husbands never told them until after a crisis threatened their marriage. Others say, “Before we married, he said he had been abused by an uncle,… Learn more »

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My Brother’s Worth: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

Many people have asked me how I came to “work for men.” Meaning, men who had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. I often describe it as my aha moment. It truly felt like a part of my brain suddenly turned on. With a spark of energy—no—a lightning bolt, my purpose (and my mistakes) were exceptionally clear to… Learn more »

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Law And Order’s Mariska Hartigay Teams Up With Amy Poehler And Other Celebrities To Fight Rape Culture by Tara Culp-Ressler via Think Progress

Joyful Heart Foundation founder and president Mariska Hargitay, uses star power to raise awareness and dispel the myths for the 1 in 6 men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. We all say NO MORE.   Read article:  

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