Engaging Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The 90-minute workshop is designed to help advocates, organizers and practitioners think about the most effective ways to approach the issue of childhood sexual abuse with men and with those who care about them.

Ongoing news stories that raise awareness about the sexual abuse of boys offer a great opportunity to encourage men to begin addressing their childhood sexual trauma. But how do you reach male survivors? How do you engage them, make them feel safe in stepping forward?

We will begin by discussing the 1in6 philosophy of outreach to men, strategies for defining outreach goals relevant to your organization’s needs; identifying exactly who you are trying to reach; explore which messages will be effective and which may be counter-productive; outreach and awareness campaign strategy model, a short review of the impacts of childhood sexual abuse on men; and the resulting barriers to getting help, as well as a review of resources.

Objectives

  • Review 1in6 outreach philosophy
  • Understand basic outreach theory
  • Create a practical strategic plan for your practice or organization’s outreach and awareness activities
  • Learn common practices to increase social-media engagement
  • Review available resources for men

Audience

Anyone who works with men including: crisis intervention hotline staff and volunteer/staffs; victim advocates; mental health workers; child protection workers; law enforcement personnel, and other professionals with some knowledge about the dynamics of sexual abuse.

For additional information please contact:

Martha Lucia Marin, Training & Community Engagement Director martha(at)1in6.org

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