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MaleSurvivor: National Organization Against Male Sexual Victimization

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Associations, Sexual Assault Services

Mission: We are committed to preventing, healing and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through treatment, research, education, advocacy and activism.

Results: Every day MaleSurvivor provides hope, healing, and support to thousands of people through our programs: Weekends and Days of Recovery - In 2015 we held our 65th weekend healing retreat; since 2001 more than 1,300 survivors have attended a MaleSurvivor retreat. Professional Training and Outreach - In 2015, we conducted trainings for over 4,000 professionals in the military, law enforcement, and child advocacy. Online Resources - In 2015 more than 100,000 users have visited our website, accessing more than 2 million pages of content. Every day MaleSurvivor changes lives for the better. "A true gift...The experience resonates loudly in my daily life. It is awe inspiring what can take place in just a few short days. It is worth every penny, and more." -- Sequoia 2015 WoR participant

Target demographics: provide Hope, Healing, and Support to male survivors of sexual trauma and their partners in recovery

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 120 male survivors who attended a MaleSurvivor organized recovery event; more than 3000 professionals who attended a MaleSurvivor traiing, and more than 100,000 users who accessed more than 2 million pages on our website in the past year

Geographic areas served: primarily in the US and Canada

Programs: Weekend of Recovery International conference Discussion board and Chat Room Resource Directories Professional Trainings Community Awareness

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's a lifesaver. Their on-line forum and Healing Circle are fantastic resources for male survivors of Sexual Abuse.

Isolation is a major problem for survivors. I've encountered this directly and repeatedly. MaleSurvivor has helped me break out of it.

The men who post in their forums and attend their Healing Circle are wise, sensitive, helpful, eager to support, and committed to their healing purpose. It's a rare safe place for male survivors. I'm very grateful.

3 Weyeso D.

Client Served

Rating: 1

They are exploiting my story. 5 Months and they won't take my story off their site after after multiple requests and rejecting me. They won't even communicate, only erasing anything I put out about this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined when the trauma I had repressed for 39 years woke in me. The years of misunderstanding myself has become better since I joined MS. There are many common issues shared on the forum. MS forum is a place to focus on personal growth, and giving support to others.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Malesurvivor reaches out to a group of victims and helps them to resurrect themselves, reconcile with themselves, and renew their zest for life. The organization's workshops for other professionals and their weekends of retreat for survivors are days of hope for the members of the population which they tirelessly serve. I am a survivor of childhood trauma who has benefited so much from this excellent group.

3 Bruce42

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very empowering experience at the Weekends of Recovery. They provide a unique experience not available through any other organization. I have twice travelled well over 1,000 miles to be able to participate. Having professionals donate their time makes this more accessible to a wider range of incomes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended and received a great benefit from a recent MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery. I highly recommend connecting with MaleSurvivor if you or someone you care about was sexually abused as a child.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 64 year old male survivor working on recovery for 4 years.
Who knew?...I sure didn't.... I thought the incest, rapes, abuse and being pimped were my fault!!! Thanks to MaleSurvivors Weekends of Recovery, (WOR), I discovered they are not my fault and I am not alone. The WORs gave me the opportunity under the guidance of highly skilled therapists in a co-created safe environment to confront the demons and fears I kept secret for over 55 years. i sincerely hope that young men are reading this review and will consider the incredible confidentiality of MaleSurvivor and not wait to come forward for their own freedom. MaleSurvivor is a lifesaver.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been in recovery for the past two years going to therapy and engaging in mutual support groups but one of the most dramatic experiences I have had was attending the Male Survivors weekends and participating in the online forums. Male Survivor is an organization that cares and is making changes in the life of people that had no hope or way of coping with the effects of both male childhood and adult rape and abuse.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For so long I was searching for something to connect with, an organization that would not only help me get through this dark stage of my life, but a place to connect and be comfortable to share my story...Male Survivor helped me during my recovery and Im so glad I finally made the decision to go.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Male Survivor website is the a treasure chest of information, the “Google” per male sexual victimization. It promotes validation and support and prompts survivors to overcome sexual abuse and soul cancer via direction and support with:

● Resources
● Training
● Clarifying Definitions and
●Validation.

The Males Survivor Website appears to be the most esteemed, respected, embraced, referred to, and trusted worldwide provider of its kind.

Male Survivor's goal is somewhat akin to the way Danny Thomas attacked childhood cancer with awareness and hope via the St. Jude’s Children's Hospital;

Except with Male Survivor, the disease and those they attack is evil, darkness, victimization, sexual predators and bullies, power and control dynamics, and soul murder / cancer.

I encourage all sexual abuse survivors to muster the strength courage the explore Male Survivors' plethora of inviting and uplifting resources to start, and sustain their roads to resiliency and happiness.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Extraordinary weekend seminars. Life changing! Professional staff and counselors. Well organized events. A first class operation!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are amazing! They have helped me through some of the toughest things in my life and I will be eternally grateful!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So very valuable, a true life saver. Books, life lessons, discussion boards, conferences and healing retreats-so much help-I am so very grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This place was a life saver for me. 6 years ago I was completely isolated, scared, & had no idea where to go. I came across this site shorty after seeking help and got connected with therapists & support groups in my area. I also went on a few weekends of retreat as advertised. Male survivor is truly nothing short of a life save for me. Life has gotten so much better I never could have imagined.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Male Survivor has played an immeasurable role in my healing journey. Male Survivor has provided help, healing, and support. I am forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern,

I am writing as a survivor committed to recovery from trauma and abuse. My traumatic past consist of three different painful/horrible experiences; childhood physical and emotional abuse, multiple rapes/sexual abuse, and cancer.

For more then a decade I have been in counseling utilizing a variety of therapy models. During that process I was directed to join groups with a focus on healing and facing the sexual abuse. As such I have been trying lots of different sources. Although I somewhat benefited from them, my experience with Male Survivors was uniquely different and better.

Male Survivors approach is unique and was beneficial via:

-Emphasis on comfort, acceptance/tolerance, and none judgmentalism of the "healing" journey.

-Embracing the past abuse and grow with and from it, instead of hiding from and with it.

-Incorporating a humanistic approach to "healing", unlike any other program with special, dedicated, and committed assistance, (even financial) to ease the difficult and challenging recovery process of sexual abuse.

-Healing and strengthening the abused persona.

-The most understanding, dedicated and professional staff.

While acknowledging and even writing about this part of my life and journey has been challenging as it stired up traumatic haunt's, after my Male Survivor experience I can do just that.

Male Survivors truly stands by its motto " Dare to Dream" for those whose dreams have taken!

I am enormously thankful to Male Survivors and all those involved with running and supporting such a vitally needed organization, for those recovering and living with the challenges of sexual abusive experiences.



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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

it is this organization that came up when I googled help for a victim. I was at the point of planning my demise and it is without doubt that this organization saved my life, I attended one of their weekends of recovery; and I was not alone. There were people that cared and wanted nothing in return. I left with with a renewed positive view and have continued to move forward. I know I am not the only one that feels this way, but they are great!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I kept my mouth shut for many years in fear, and tried a couple times to take my own life for what was done to me; but one day I went on the web and just put malesurvivor in google. What I found truly saved my life. I went to one of their weekend recoveries and was scared at first; but imagine being in a room with people who cared and wanted to hear, and wanted to listen. They did all that and more. I had something that someone said that I got triggered. For the first time in my life, I had someone stand by me and never left my side for over a hour. I felt like I mattered. I later went to one of their advanced weekend in Utah and these people rememebered my name and gave me a hug and meant it. Again I was with my brothers and regardless of race, religion, sexual preference, anything; everyone just exhaled and breathed. I remember what I said at the end of the first meeting. " I came with a brick wall and some of those bricks fell, but I feel great" I was asked to be part of Oprah's 200 men show in November 2010. I couldn't have had the courage to go if it wasn't for malesurvivior. When I was there, for the first time in 50 years I felt me feet planted on the ground, and that I mattered, and no one was going to tell I didn't matter. Oh, and by the way those feelings of doom; they are gone. I FEEL GOOD!

2 Ken F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have attended numerous conferences and Weekends of Recovery and am always amazed by the power of survivors of sexual assault coming together to find ways to heal. Providing the opportunity for both survivors and professionals to work together to heal and spread the message that healing is 100% possible is the focus of many of our activities.

As a survivor, being able to give back by serving on the board has an honor.

I encourage everyone who has been a victim of sexual assault to find ways to heal in community. if you are a male survivor of sexaul assault, then the community of MaleSurvivor is a great place to find Hope, Healing & Support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Working on MaleSurvivor's board, I continue to be impressed by the volunteers that support our organization. Professionals from the therapeutic community, survivors of sexual assault, and those who love the men who have been sexually assaulted continue to find ways to encourage healing.

Our 2012 conference brought together all parts of our community to learn new ways to more effectively heal and share our message of Hope, healing and support.

2013 is filled with Weekends of Recovery, more use of the website's discussion board and many opportunities to increase awareness at conferences and Dare to Dream local community events.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the "Day of Recovery" in Portland. It's obvious these folks care and are really knowledgable regarding Male sexual abuse. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this organization to any male survivor I come in contact with.
I've also read the blog on malesurvivor.org... lots of support and good information there as well.. I believe the website is affiliated with this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Male Survivor has been instrumental in expanding its scope of support to include males victimized by the commercial sex trade and human trafficking. An integral component to male victimization over the lifespan.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and I attended a Weekend of Recovery session this past May. It was a life changing experience. Not only was I able to connect with other survivors, the program was a tremendous help in moving my recovery forward. I did not even start therapy until age 45 - a few years ago - and the program brought my recovery process to a whole new level

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Weekends of Recovery are amazing. I have attending three. Until I attending my first, I had heard "you are not alone" (as a victim of sexual abuse). The problem was I always felt alone. That is until I met other victims, shared my story, heard their stories. Now I'm not alone.

I can't overstate how important the Weekends of Recovery are to my healing.

I'm also a donor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will be forever grateful to the male survivor organization for the impact they had on my life. They are a passionate and effective group addressing an issue that gets very little attention. There was no other organization for me to turn to. Trust and integrity were critical. Everything they do is geared with the survivor in mind. One thing they did for me that I could not do for myself was break through the shame. Shame is hard to hang onto when you are in a room of 60 men ages 18 to 70, all different backgrounds, and suddenly you are not alone. It wasn’t your fault. I wasn’t reading another book. I was listening to other men. It broke down a wall that needed to be smashed. I highly recommend this organization and continue to provide support so that other men might also benefit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a group that would help supplement my private therapy sessions. There were many organizations on line, but the majority of which were religious based, a turnoff for me. I found malesurvivor to be all inclusive, non-judgemental, extremely supportive of me and my needs. To add to the online experience, they offer weekends of recovery, a retreat where you can very quickly start and move forward in your healing process. I am enternally thankful for all the good work they have done and continue to do.

John358

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nowhere else did I find people working so hard to connect victims to each other. I participated in a weekend of work with their therapists (3 out of 4 in the room unpaid but super qualified). Excellent results from just three days!
I had issues (most likely of my own making) with the discussion board they operate 24/7 but one of their tech type guys took care of it through perseverance and with patience toward me. Now working smoothly
They connect profoundly harmed men with each other to start a healing process that is so isolating and shame based if attacked alone. We do together what we cannot do alone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an adult male survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Malesurvivor has been an invaluable resource in my ongoing recovery. Their online material, forums, and weekends of recovery have all been tremendously helpful as I seek answers and healing. Thank you for the work you do, shedding light on such a dark topic and societal taboo - the sexual victimization of boys and the resulting tragic implications of how such experiences shape the adults they become. I do not know what I would do without access to such a tremendous organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't say enough about all of the good things I've experienced resulting from discovering and subsequently attending MaleSurvivor functions. It was through MaleSurvivor I discovered Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) has treatment programs for survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) as well as helpful mental health treatment for the resulting PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), for which I am now managing its symptoms. I am also a survivor of childhood sexual trauma, and I have learned how that trauma has affected my adult life. THANK YOU MaleSurvivor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MS has been instrumental in my recovery. I could not have broken my 35 year silence without their support and Weekends of Recovery.

Das C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Male Survivor has made and continues to play a defining role in my recovery from sexual abuse. I have attended three of their weekends of recovery, two days of recovery, attended two of their international conferences, and organized a weekend of events for male survivors in Portland, Oregon presented by Male Survivor. I facilitate o group of ongoing meetings for male survivors and many of the men who attend have participated in one or more of Male Survivor events. They continue to praise Male Survivor for the real world difference Male Survivor makes in their lives.

Omar B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Male Survivor is so unique in having direct resources for men who have suffered from sexual victimization. From message boards, to Weekends of Recovery they are the only one of its' kind that truly has programs for men. They are continuing to grow so spread the word to people that Male Survivor is out there, and ready to provide Hope, Healing, and Support to men from all over the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Male survivor promotes education about men's issues and assists them in getting the help they deserve. They offer many different resources for males who have been through all sorts of traumatic experiences. We need more organizations like this raising awareness for men's issues.

1 Niall L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MaleSurvivor is an amazing organization. They run a powerful "Weekend of Recovery" program which helps the vast majority of (all?) male survivors of childhood sexual abuse who participate in the program. They run the largest conference in the world for male survivors, which takes place every two years, and is a great resource for survivors, supporters, therapists and law enforcement officials/ lawyers. They run a great website. They are incredibly committed. I cannot recommend this organization highly enough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of MaleSurvivor since 1995. As a woman, a Weekend of Recovery facilitator, and a survivor, i believe that this organization is most committed, conscious and heart full . It is a privilege to work with the men --and the women --at MaleSurvivor, to watch men form community that is vibrant and lasting, and to see that recovery is absolutely possible.
Mikele Rauch

1 Chrisula T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.