Providing Services to Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Working with Male Survivors: A General Profile

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Presenter:
Don Wright M.Ed.
Executive Director, BCSMSSA


British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Agency Overview

Five Divisions

  • Administration
  • Clinical
  • Victim Services
  • Educational
  • Research

Misconceptions

  • Males Are Not Sexually Victimized
  • Offenders Are Always Male
  • Male Victims Not Harmed by Experience
  • Male Survivors Become Offenders
  • Abuse by Same Gender Results Homosexuality in the Victim

Motivation for Treatment

  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • Suicidal Ideation or Attempt
  • Intrusive Memories or Flash-backs
  • Unexpected Trigger
  • Relationship Breakdown
  • Life in Disarray
  • Cohort Disclosure

Presenting Problems

  • Distrust
  • Issues With Authority
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • PTSD or Complex PTSD Symptoms
  • Guilt and Shame

Additional Issues

  • Dissociation
  • Distorted Boundaries
  • Identity Ambiguity
  • Sexual Orientation Confusion
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Poor Concentration
  • Flat Affect
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