If your partner was sexually assaulted or sexually abused, please know you are not alone. Many partners and loved ones come to this site after discovering that a man in their life has a history of sexual violence. Very often the first person a man tells is his partner or someone else he is very close to. While this is very hard and brave for a man to do, it also calls for a lot of strength from the person he discloses to. It can be hard to know how to respond.
Please know that you are not alone in struggling with this. We want to acknowledge how difficult it is for you to be in this position, too. We want you to know that support is available.
Below we have collated all the information that might be helpful for partners, family, friends and supporters of men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault. Lots of these pages refer to partners, however the information is just as relevant if it was a son, a brother, a close friend, or any other loved one.
- When a man discloses: How you can help
- Unhelpful myths about the sexual assault and rape of men
Improve your relationship
- Developing intimacy in your relationship
- Men, emotions and sexual abuse
- The importance of supporting partners
Information for partners
- When your partner discloses sexual assault or abuse
- My partner was sexually abused: Common questions
- Relationship challenges following sexual abuse or assault
- Info for partners where there are sexual intimacy difficulties
- Info for female partners where there is conflict
- Info for male partners
- Advice for partners from men who have experienced sexual assault or abuse
Living Well provides support and counselling to men, but also to the partners, family and loved ones of men who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. If you live in the Greater Brisbane area, we can offer face to face counselling. If you live elsewhere in Australia, telephone counselling and online counselling are options.