Malesurvivor.org is a good resource for men who want to connect with others to discuss and learn about their experience as victims of sexual assault. The forum discussions are quite helpful for this, and the "chat room" provides an opportunity to connect immediately.
The "Weekend of Recovery" events have excellent reviews from those who have attended. They are very expensive, but the organization has a program that assists those who request help in covering the fee.
Malesurvivor.org does suffer some flaws. The board of directors and executive positions consist of a small group of individuals who have served for years, highly qualified and respected professionals in the field. The organization's momentum has somewhat stagnated the past few years and would benefit from new perspectives among leadership.
Volunteer opportunities exist for unlicensed and untrained individuals to serve as moderators and related positions for the website community. As with all nonprofits, this type of hierarchy has opened the door for the occasional territorial individual to work into a position of authority over other volunteers, discouraging the participation of those they may perceive as a threat. The "chat room" and "healing circle" features are a point of concern, as these are headed by volunteers lacking in leadership and community-building skills. Although it takes only one or two of these folks to mar a good thing, malesurvivor.org has enough good people to keep the ship on course.
Considering these few weaknesses (which, again, are common to every nonprofit driven by unprofessional volunteers), malesurvivor.org is one of the most popular programs for men who are victims of sexual assault and has made a notable contribution in raising awareness of this issue.
MaleSurvivor is the prime example of an organization that truly provides a meaningful and useful service to all its members. As a professional, I have worked with the Executive Director in an advocacy capacity and benefitted from membership through conferences and the general education and services MaleSurvivor provides to men who have experienced sexual violence. I always talk about this organization to each client I work with and recommend that they at least visit the website to make sure they know about the organization. I highly recommend MaleSurvivor to both professionals and survivors alike.
I am a male survivor and Co-Chair for the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery program. This program and the overall organizations is providing unprecedented services for male survivors. The lives of thousands of survivor have been changed by the incredible work of this organization. The volunteers who work with the multiple projects sponsored by MaleSurvivor offer the highest quality clinical services and integrity.
I have worked for many years with the healing process of men who have experienced abuse. MaleSurvivor is an invaluable, sometimes life-saving resource and support in this area. I am impressed with the depth of their compassion, commitment, and clinical expertise in the services they offer. I highly recommend their supportive online community, and the wealth of resources and services. They change lives for the better!
I'm a psychotherapist who has been working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse for 35 years. MaleSurvivor is an amazing resource for my male clients. The online information and discussion boards help them to move out of their isolation. The Weekends of Recovery offer professionally led retreats for men, providing a safe environment for healing and connecting with other survivors.
Every client I have sent to an MS weekend has returned with renewed energy, hope, and determination. And many of them have received a scholarship from MS in order to attend!
I am a survivor of childhood molestation and was raped by an older man when I was seventeen. I can not tell you how much this site has helped me overcome the feelings of guilt, shame, and anger from what happened to me. I joined it five years ago. Talking to other members about what has happened to us has really been a great help. I have worked with teen boys and young adults for over ten years now who have been molested and I always reccomend this site.
Because I the author of Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims Of Sexual Abuse, and of Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse In America's Military, I have had many clients who suffered sexual abuse. I always suggest they go the website as a way to get support and information on recovery from sexual abuse. I frequently suggest to these men that they attend one of the Weekends Of Recovery. Every one that has attended has reported it was a powerful healing experience. When I have present workshops for treatment professionals I always mention the conference as a excellent place to obtain practical training on the topic of sexual abuse treatment.
As a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of males who were sexually abused as boys and/or sexually assaulted as men for years I have relied on Male Survivor to assist my clients and their loved ones. The first thing a recommend they do it go to MaleSurvivor.org to access the articles, private chat rooms, and other information that is available there. They can order helpful books that may not be available in their country. The mail order book service is useful for those men who are too embarrassed to buy a book on sexual abuse at their local store. This website is an excellent source of free, and more importantly, accurate information. As author of the books Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims Of Sexual Abuse, and, Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse In America’s Military I am contacted by men and their loved ones looking for resources. Even those people in rural area or countries where mental health resources are not available can use this site to reduce their sense of isolation. I also suggest my clients attend on the Weekends Of Recovery put on by Male Survivor. Every one of my clients who has attended these weekends has described it as a profound life changing experience. When I am contacted by other treatment providers seeking training on working with male survivors I always suggest attending Male Survivor’s conference in New York City, where people from all over the world come together to exchange the latest information on recovery from sexual abuse. It is the one conference I have always attended since it started.
MaleSurvivor is a first-rate organization. One of the few dedicated to helping men who have been sexually abused. This one actually does something to help, unlike others.
It has offered me connections with others who were abused, and even some lifelong friends. It has an online bulletin board that is heavily utilized.
MaleSurvivor offers weekend retreats that are excellent. They're affordable, in varying locations around the U.S., and at different levels of experience and recovery. Scholarships are available.
The organization is trustworthy and very well run.
As someone who has run other non-profits and served on various boards, I know firsthand that MaleSurvivor is a GREAT Non-Profit.
THis organization has been around longer than any of the others geared to male survivors and it has a terrific group of programs including Weekends of Recovery, an intensive weekend experience with a great facilitator/survivor ratio; conferences every two years or so that welcome both survivors and professionals of all kinds; a Dare to Dream program that has been brought to venues around the country, based on an appearance of 200 male survivors (many from this organization) on Oprah!, which informs the public about the problem and encourages survivors to get help; and a website that in addition to having a lot of resources also offers a chat room and Discussion Forum where survivors can network anonymously and feel less isolated. Several of my patients have gone on a Weekend of Recovery, and the phrase "life transforming" was used by more than one. WIth time, I believe MaleSurvivor will offer services to a wider group of survivors, especially men assaulted in adulthood, as well as family and loved ones (who are, however now served on the Discussion Forum and occasional Weekends of Recovery for men and their partners). All in all, this is a vibrant program with dedicated volunteers that has done an enormous amount of good to an under-served population.
I am a counselor at a rape crisis center. Most of the professional conferences and trainings I have attended focus primarily on helping female victims of sexual violence. When I was contacted by an adult male survivor of extensive childhood sexual abuse, I was not sure how much I could help him. I did know that there was no way I could turn him away. I searched on line for resources to help me understand the different dynamic when working with men. I am extremely thankful for MaleSurvivor.org as a resource. It has helped me help the men I now work with. I always refer male clients to the sight and have only heard positive feedback from those who visit the site. As my counseling career continues, I am struck by how many men disclose abuse and who, sadly, have been suffering in silence for years. MaleSurvivor is safe place where men can learn an important part of healing - they are not alone, they are not responsible for what was done to them, they have nothing to be ashamed of and are worth loving. Keep the conversation going!