Understanding Men Sexually Abused in Childhood

In this training, participants learn more about male survivors of sexual abuse and review the skills that enable greater insight and effectiveness when working with them.

This 90– minute workshop for advocates and other professionals who work with men, provides an opportunity to consider the particular ways men may respond differently to childhood sexual abuse. Whatever your level of knowledge about working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, this interactive webinar may challenge you to rethink your current assumptions, examine your expectations and to employ a lens of masculinity to enhance your existing skills when working with men. 

The workshop explores:

  • Common misunderstandings about men and sexual abuse
  • Special barriers men face in disclosing childhood abuse
  • How cultural norms may inhibit men from seeking treatment (Gender expression, Sexual Orientation, Race, Ethnicity, Faith…)
  • The importance and role of language in advocacy & education
  • Helpful audit tools for program effectiveness
  • Discussion of existing resources and the challenge of finding therapists specifically trained to work with male survivors of sexual abuse
  • Guidance on the critical need to remain neutral when raising the issue of sexual abuse or responding to a disclosure


  • To review the skills that will enable advocates and other service providers work more effectively with  male survivors
  • To highlight social and cultural pressures that impact male survivors
  • To review the effects of sexual victimization on male survivors
  • To provide participants an opportunity to identify personal challenges and confront misconceptions that might impact their ability to work effectively with male survivors
  • To provide program coordinators audit and assessment tools 


By the end of this training, participants  will be able to:

  • Name at least 3 new resources for male survivors and describe what is available through that resource
  • Name at least 5 possible long-term effects of sexual abuse on men
  • Name at least 3 social norms that may inhibit male survivors from reaching out for help
  • Describe possible 3 positive and negative influences of race, class, nationality, immigration status, sexual orientation, ability and age on men’s ability to reach out for help or access services
  • Describe at least 3 skills which are particularly relevant to working with male survivors
  • Name at least 3 ways that working with male survivors MAY differ significantly from working with female survivors
  • Describe at least 3 ways that a friend or family member of a male survivor might be impacted by the survivors experience
  • Describe  at least 3 resources that might be useful to a friend or family member of a male survivor


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.


90 minutes

For additional information please contact:

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

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