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The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. The organization also serves family members, friends and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community. Researchers estimate that one in six men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 18. This is likely a low estimate, as it doesn’t include noncontact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects.
If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, you are not alone. If you wonder whether such an experience may be connected to some difficulties or challenges in your life now, you are not alone. 1in6 offers outreach, education and services, in person and over the web, to men with histories of unwanted or abusive childhood sexual experiences and anyone who cares about them.
For more information visit 1in6 online.
Overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men.
We are committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.
In October 1988 the first professional conference on male sexual victimization was held in Minneapolis. This ground-breaking conference, organized by a few dedicated mental health providers, brought together professionals who wanted to better understand and treat adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. At that time only limited information could be offered to those who participated. But those present had great enthusiasm and the clear recognition that the conference was a necessary and valuable resource, where professionals could share practical information and ask questions, as well as a safe place for some to acknowledge their own sexual victimization.
In the wake of that first conference there was a great deal of discussion about the growing movement among mental health professionals to address the therapeutic needs of adult male survivors of sexual abuse. In November 1994 a core group of individuals, who had either attended or organized many of the previous conferences, decided to incorporate as a non-profit organization. They spearheaded the initial organizing efforts, formed an interim board designated to write bylaws and became the first Board of Directors of The National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization.
In 1995 NOMSV (now MaleSurvivor) was incorporated in Minnesota. Since then MaleSurvivor has been moving forward on several fronts, from organizing national conferences to creating their own website for support and information.
For more information visit MaleSurvior.org.
Rape Victim Advocates
Helping victims become survivors.
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an Illinois not-for-profit organization made up of many individuals with two primary goals: to assure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion and to affect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.
RVA focuses on both social service and social change. Through their presence in Chicago-area emergency rooms, they provide nonjudgmental emotional support to victims of sexual violence, enabling them to become survivors. By providing basic legal and medical information as well as referrals to other service organizations, RVA helps survivors make informed decisions. RVA also offer survivors continued support through telephone follow-ups and a staff of counselors and legal advocates. Through these services, RVA enables survivors to regain control over their lives as quickly as possible. Through RVA's work with the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and other area institutions, they strive to improve the treatment of survivors as a group in our society. RVA offers three distinct program areas: counseling (individual and group), advocacy (legal and medical) and education and training.
For further information visit RapeVictimAdvocates.org, Rape Victim Advocate's Facebook Page, or call RVA's central office at 312.443.9603.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
Ending harm, demanding change.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) believes it is possible to stop sexual exploitation by directly addressing the culture, institutions and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or tacitly support sexually exploitive acts against people. To accomplish their mission, CAASE: seeks legal repercussions on behalf of survivors against perpetrators of sexual harm; advocates for policies and legislation that hold sexual exploiters accountable; creates and implements prevention initiatives, including the provision of safe spaces for survivors to give testimony about their experiences; and develops resources that empower individuals and communities to stand with victims of sexual harm and take powerful actions against sexual exploiters.
For more information visit the CAASE homepage or CAASE Facebook Page.
RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and Online.Rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country, and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
For further information visit RAINN's homepage.
US Army Victim Advocacy Program
The Family Advocacy Program: Victim Advocacy Services Program provides comprehensive assistance and support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, including crisis intervention, safety planning, assistance in securing medical treatment for injuries, information on legal rights and proceedings and referral to military and civilian shelters and other resources available to victims. Victim advocacy services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to soldiers and family members.
For more information visit the ARMY One Source Victim Advocacy Program Page or use the My ARMY One Source Resource Locator.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Stidy is ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.
More than 17,000 Kaiser patients participating in routine health screening volunteered to participate in the study. Data resulting from their participation continues to be analyzed; it reveals staggering proof of the health, socia and economic risks that result from childhood trauma.
For further information visit The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study homepage.
Center for Contextual Change
Strength-based solutions for positive permanent change.
Celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit and a commitment to helping others, the Center for Contextual Change was created in 1993 to provide hope and positive change. Dedicated to assisting individuals, couples and families enhance their strengths, develop new coping strategies and heal emotional wounds, the Center utilizes a strength-based contextual therapy to empower positive transformation and restore emotional balance.
9239 Gross Point Road, Skokie
815 W. Van Buren, Chicago
180 W. Park Avenue, Elmhurst
Call 847-676-4447 x304 for appointments or a confidential assessment; Spanish speaking therapists available.
For more information, visit Center for Contextual Change.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
ISTSS is an international, interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress. This knowledge includes:
- Understanding the scope and consequences of traumatic exposure
- Preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences
- Advocating for the field of traumatic stress
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies was founded in 1985 for professionals to share information about the effects of trauma. ISTSS is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma around the world.
For more information visit ISTSS.
For help finding a therapist visit Searching for A Therapist.
Traumatic Stress Education & Advocacy
Sidran (SID-run) began in 1986 out of a family tragedy when a beloved family member who had been abused in childhood was subsequently diagnosed with serious, debilitating psychiatric problems and a related life-threatening medical disorder. Frustrated in their search for help for the complex needs of their family member at the time, the Sidran family convened professionals from a variety of disciplines, support program representatives, and national organizations to determine how they could best help their own loved one, and others. With each meeting it became apparent that gaps in basic understanding existed in service delivery, continuity of care, public policy, and sound research.
After assisting their own family member, the Sidran family decided to use their personal struggle and hard obtained knowledge to create an organization to fill these gaps. Sidran Institute now provides useful, practical information for child and adult survivors of any type of trauma, for families/friends, and for the clinical and frontline service providers who assist in their recovery. Sidran’s philosophy of education through collaboration brings together great minds (providers, survivors, and loved ones) to develop comprehensive programs to address the practical, emotional, spiritual and medical needs of trauma survivors.
For more information visit Sidran Institute.
Know the Facts!
*1 out 6 boys will be sexually assaulted or abused before the age of 18.
*1 in 10 men will be sexually assaulted in their adulthood.
*Over 70 percent of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim
*Every 9 seconds a woman in the United States is beaten by her husband, boyfriend or live-in partner.
*Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
*1 out of 6 American women and 1 in 33 men has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
(Source: Rape Victim Advocates)
24-hour Crisis Lines:
IL Domestic Violence Helpline: 877.863.6338
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 888.293.2080
Anti-Violence Project Hotline (LGBT): 773.871.CARE
National Sexual Assault Hotline (Run by RAINN): 1.800.656.HOPE (800.656.4663)
Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse
By Mike Lew, M.Ed
The first book written specifically for men, Victims No Longer examines the changing cultural attitudes toward male survivors of incest and other sexual trauma. Now, in an expanded second edition, this invaluable resource continues to offer compassionate and practical advice, supported by personal anecdotes and statements of male survivors. Victims No Longer helps survivors to:
* Identify and validate their childhood experiences
* Explore strategies of survival and healing
* Establish a support network for continued personal recovery
* Make choices that aren't determined by abuse
Thoroughly updated and revised, and including an expanded resources section, Victims No Longer educates survivors and professionals about the recovery proces—speaking to the pain, needs, fears and hopes of the adult male survivor.
For Further Information visit The Next Step Counseling and Training site.
You can also order Victims No Longer by Mike Lew online.
Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men
By Dr. Richard Gartner, PhD
Dr. Richard Gartner is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York City who specializes in treating men with histories of sexual abuse. Dr. Gartner is the author of several books and numerous articles about sexual abuse including Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse and Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men, as well as the editor of Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation. He is a training and supervising analyst and is on the teaching faculty of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City. He is the founding director of the White Institute's Sexual Abuse Program and for six years he was director of its Center for the Study of Psychological Trauma. He also supervised in the clinical psychology program at Columbia University for 20 years. Dr. Gartner served for seven years on the Board of Directors of MaleSurvivor: the National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization, and was its president from 2002 - 2004.
Excerpt from Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men.
You can also order: Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men by Dr. Richard Gartner online.