If you are a man who has been sexually abused in childhood or sexually assaulted as an adult, know that you are not alone. We understand that there are some particular challenges men can face. Get info and support here, and check out Managing difficulties.
We also understand that partners, family and friends of men who have been sexually abused or sexually assaulted can face some unique pressures and find it difficult to access support. You might find the relationship pages particularly useful.
In support of Sexual Violence Awareness Month (October), Living Well have developed 14 Practitioner Videos to assist those working with men who have experienced sexual abuse. Watch the entire series of introductory interviews.
The International Men’s Health Week Symposium, Improving Responses to Men Sexually Abused in Childhood: Confronting the Complexity, presented by Living Well and Griffith University. Read more and watch the videos of the presentations.
At Living Well, we are interested in supporting men and their supporters to live fulfilling, active, engaged lives. Our focus moves beyond symptom management, towards enhancing overall well-being. We see our work as hopeful, life giving work that acknowledges and does not shy away from the pain and horror of sexual abuse, whilst working towards improving lives and relationships. This is why we have included a well-being assessment and tips for living well.
Sometimes men who have experienced child sexual abuse can struggle to express emotions. Sometimes men who have experienced sexual assault can feel overwhelmed by emotions or feel ‘comfortably numb’. Music can help us to identify and express emotions. Music can help us feel alive and connected.
Resources have been created and collated here to support enhanced, evidence based service provision to men who have been sexually abused or sexually assaulted, to partners, friends and family. We are interested in working in partnership with individuals, organisations and communities to reduce the influence of sexual violence in people’s lives.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is one of four commissions of inquiry into sexual abuse and institutional failure currently being undertaken in Australia. Living Well is able to provide specialist counselling and support to men who have been sexually abused, to partners, families and friends and to previous employees of care providers.