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What does it take to grow stronger than your past?

STRONGER shares the stories of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their families and allies as they reflect on their personal and professional journeys.

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1 ‘Karma Police’ - Identity

samsn-stronger-podcast1 in 6 Australian men will experience sexual abuse, usually as children or adolescents. Survivors of child sexual abuse often speak of feeling like their identity was stripped away by their abuser. Who would they have been, how would they have turned out, if the abuse had not derailed their life? What resilience, resourcefulness and strength is …
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2 ‘Silent All These Years’ - Disclosure

samsn-stronger-podcastEvidence shows that males are less likely than females to tell someone what happened and seek help. They often try to block the feelings (like fear and shame) resulting from the abuse, and cope by isolating themselves from others, or self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Very few have ever met another guy who …
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3 ‘Lean On Me’ - Supporters

samsn-stronger-podcastWhen someone trusts you with the knowledge of their abuse, how you react can have profound consequences and implications for their recovery. What are some helpful ways to respond to a disclosure?

A survivor’s recovery journey can be greatly assisted …
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4 ‘Real Men’ - Masculinity

samsn-stronger-podcastThe gender myths surrounding masculinity are often an obstacle to recovery for male survivors of child sexual abuse. Our society presents us with repetitive reinforcements of how men are supposed to look and act, especially with regard to emotional range and sexual intimacy. Those who don’t fit the prevailing stereotypes for …
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5.1 ‘ Better Get A Lawyer, Son’ - Justice Part 1

samsn-stronger-podcastChild sexual abuse is a crime. What does criminal justice and punishment look like in the legal system? What is it like for survivors – or in this context, “victims” – to pursue criminal justice for the sexual crimes perpetrated against them?

The findings of the Royal Commission’s public hearing …
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5.2 ‘Better Get A Lawyer, Son’ - Justice Part 2

samsn-stronger-podcastChild sexual abuse is a crime. What does criminal justice and punishment look like in the legal system? What is it like for survivors – or in this context, “victims” – to pursue criminal justice for sexual crimes against them? The second instalment of our two-part Justice episode shares direct personal experiences from two survivor …
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6 ‘Losing My Religion’ - The Royal Commission

samsn-stronger-podcastThe Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013 – 2017) was established by the Commonwealth government to inquire into and report on responses by institutions (such as churches, schools, sporting groups and out-of-home care) to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse …
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7 ‘RESPECT’ - National Redress Scheme

samsn-stronger-podcastThe National Redress Scheme was established after the Royal Commission into Instutitional Responses to Child Sex Abuse recommended setting up a less traumatic, non-adversarial alternative to seeking compensation through the courts. Redress consists of three things: a monetary payment, access to counselling …
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8 ‘I Can See Clearly Now’- Ingenious Survival

samsn-stronger-podcastMale survivors often try to forget or bury their experiences of abuse and use a range of strategies to block out the memories and feelings. These can look like drug and alcohol use, gambling, workaholism, and sex addictions… but frequently, they don’t make the link between what happened to them as children or …
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What does it take to grow stronger than your past?

Samsn’s STRONGER podcast reveals the personal stories of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families, and explores the strength and resilience which carries them through their ongoing recovery.

Featuring insights from allies in healthcare and criminal justice, plus observations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and guidance on pathways to the National Redress Scheme, STRONGER builds compassionate understanding around childhood sexual abuse and its impacts upon males.

This podcast series is dedicated to samsn’s co-founders, to the men who are part of samsn’s network, and to those who are no longer with us, including Dr Stuart Kidd.

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