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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Event: Normalizing the Conversation for Male Survivors of Sexual Sbuse or Assault


This 90-minute presentation for military advocates and other professionals who work
with men provides an opportunity to consider the particular ways men may respond
differently to sexual abuse or assault. Whatever your level of knowledge about working
with men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, this presentation may
encourage you to rethink your current assumptions, examine your expectations, and
employ a lens of masculinity to enhance your existing skills when working with men.
The workshop explores:
● Common misunderstandings about men and sexual abuse and assault
● Special barriers men face in disclosing
● How cultural norms may inhibit men from seeking treatment (age, ability, gender
expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith…)
● The importance and role of language in advocacy and 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 or assault
● Guidance on the critical need to remain neutral when raising the issue of sexual abuse
or assault, or responding to a disclosure