Eight-week groups for men

Eight-week facilitated support group for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse

SAMSN runs eight-week groups, 2hrs a week (6pm to 8pm), for men who were sexually assaulted as young boys or adolescents. Any male who was sexually assaulted during his childhood can contact SAMSN about joining one of our groups.

Our eight-week content and format are based on groups run for more than a decade by SAMSN’s Advisory Board Chairman, psychologist Mark Griffiths, at the Sexual Assault Service Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Our meeting format is the same each week but with different topics for discussion. Together, over the eight weeks, these topics cover many areas of recovery.

The 8 weeks are divided into two parts:

Weeks 1 to 4 – Childhood. We discuss how sexual abuse can affect a child and examine issues such as family of origin, disclosure, coping mechanisms and grooming.

Weeks 5 to 8 – Adulthood. We look at how sexual abuse can effect men into their adulthood and negatively impact their concept of self and their personal and professional relationships.

Each eight-week group is guided by two facilitators. SAMSN’s groups educate within a safe peer-support environment. Each week various topics and issues commonly faced by male survivors of childhood abuse are discussed. A small number of readings are provided each week to help kick-start discussion. To help create a safe environment for recovery clear guidelines for the group to ensure appropriate conduct and confidentiality.

We understand that abuse experiences can vary a lot and that no two stories are the same. The sex of the abuser, the number of perpetrators, whether they were inside or outside your family or whether there was violence are just some of the key differences that survivors report. As acceptance is an important feature of our joint recovery, the groups are open to men from different cultural backgrounds and sexual orientation.

There is no cost to participants to attend.

Dates & Locations 2016:

Erskineville – May 04 to Jun 22 (Wed)
Adelaide – July 26 to Sep 13 (Tue)
Newcastle – Jul 27 to Sep 14 (Wed)
Wollongong – Sep 06 to Oct 25 (Tue)
Canberra – Sep 20 to Nov 8 (Tues)
Erskineville – Oct 05 to Nov 23 (Wed)
Liverpool – Oct 12 to Nov 30 (Wed)

Session times:
6pm to 8pm.

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“I thought I was the only one going through it. The group made me realise I’m not alone and it’s okay to ask for help.”
Carl – 27yrs

“I wish I had known about this group years ago. It has lifted me out of a very dark place, I no longer feel isolated and alone.
Joe – 29yrs

“The group helped me break feelings of isolation and gave me a sense of belonging. It’s given me confidence and hope of a better future.
Al – 55yrs

“Prior to the group I did not want to live, at this point I can say it saved my life. I now want to live and be able to thrive in life having the courage to face my issues and fears.”
Greg – 48yrs

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