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Healing the Wound

Remember the saying, “I’ve got a secret”. For some of us, we hid a very ugly secret that we didn’t dare share. Like most sex abuse victims, we kept the abuse a secret most of our lives, a secret that turned our hearts bitter and angry, a secret that introduced shame into our lives and […]

Understanding the needs of male sexual assault victims

Historically, those of us who are male survivors of sexual victimization are often an unrecognized, underserved and unmentioned population when the issue of sexual assault is discussed. Many of us do not even recognize or understand that we may have been victimized. Yet one in five males will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, many […]

Creating Awareness about Male Child Sexual Abuse through Film

“Men want to tell their stories, they just need the space to tell them“, says Antonio in Big Voice Pictures’ documentary, Boys and Men Healing from childhood sexual abuse. The sexual abuse of boys is an epidemic, and the impact of the trauma of sexual abuse on an individual and society is devastating. As advocacy […]

MANDATORY REPORTING OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE: THE NEED FOR UNIFORMITY

In response to the public hue and cry following the disclosure of the unconscionable crimes against children and cover-up that occurred at Penn State, many state legislatures have considered reforms that would strenghen and expand their laws mandating the reporting of suspected child sex abuse (“CSA”). While this is a positive step in the fight […]

Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Seeking Justice

Jerry Sandusky can no longer sexually abuse children, and the courageous adult survivors who spoke the harrowing truth in court about his sexual criminal acts against them when they were children, have found justice–at least in the criminal system. Like most adult survivors, only the arduous task ahead of healing, will truly set them free […]

On Being a Survivor-Advocate

I would like to be able to forget what happened to me as a young child, but I gave up on any hope of that years ago. Like everyone, I have forgotten a lot of people and events from my childhood, but no matter how hard I tried to forget, I woke up each day […]

What Does Supportive Look Like?

When 1in6’s founding Board member, Dr. David Lisak, and I were talking with a group of students and staff at Brown University recently, someone asked for ideas about how to best support a friend or family member who is coming to terms with unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. We had just watched a […]

Why Do They Get Away With Their Crimes So Easily?

The Allure of Sexual Predators Sexual abusers are hard to see, and the pain they inflict is ethereal. It is almost invisible. Sexual abusers like to give hugs, and say, “I love you.” They remember your birthday, and they seem “normal” on so many other levels. After they have committed their crime, the abusers can […]