My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for MaleSurvivor: Online Support Forum for Sexually Abused / Assaulted Men, New York, NY, USA
I joined MS in the summer of 2015. I had already been struggling really badly for about 6 months with the sudden revelations of my childhood sexual abuse, clerical childhood sexual abuse. So much confusion. So much shame and guilt. Fear beyond comprehension. There was nowhere to go, no one I could really turn to for help. I was basically paralyzed. This was far from the first time that I'd been in a difficult situation and needed to "fend for myself." But I'd always been able to get through somehow. My faith saved me more times than I can count. God has always been by my side. And yet, with this enormous burden, it felt like I needed something more. There's a lot of literature about sexual abuse. While the principles still basically all apply, the majority of what's available is geared to women. There's nothing very enticing or helpful about that when one of the key components of male CSA (childhood sexual abuse) revolves around questions of and uncertainty about masculinity.
Finding MaleSurvivor was a lifesaver for me. It is a warm and welcoming community. It is an incredible resource of volunteers. Those of us there know what it's like to be confronted by such a horror. Those of there know just how difficult and lonely it is. As they told me, and I now spread the word, to those of you who have endured the horror of CSA: YOU ARE NOT ALONE, help is available, it is free, it is freely given by those who know it, by those who care and are ready to take you in.