Eight-Week SUPPORT Groups

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

SAMSN runs groups for men who were sexually assaulted as young boys or adolescents. The groups run for eight weeks and are two hours in length. Any male who was sexually assaulted during his childhood can contact SAMSN about joining one of our groups, and there is no cost to attend.

SAMSN’s groups are conducted within a safe peer-support environment and are facilitated by two experienced professionals. The facilitators create a safe environment for recovery with clear rules and guidelines for the peer-group to ensure appropriate conduct and confidentiality.

You are welcome to register your interest to attend a group by calling us or submitting the form below. Once you’ve registered, one of our Planned Support team will make contact and provide more detailed information about the registration process and how the groups work.

As we limit the number of participants to 12 per group, we often have wait lists. When there is a wait, you will be informed of your position on that list.

A facilitator will contact you in the lead up to the start date (usually 2-4 weeks prior) to conduct a telephone assessment to determine your needs, readiness to attend and answer any additional questions you might have.

As acceptance is an important feature of our joint recovery, the groups are open to men from different cultural and religious backgrounds and sexual orientation who are over the age of 18 years old. The groups are also open to trans men.

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 and grooming. Once the group is established, you will have the chance to share your personal experience, if you choose, at week 3.

Please note: This is a closed group and men are not able to join after week 2.

Weeks 5 to 8 – Adulthood

We look at how sexual abuse can affect men. This includes the way they think about themselves, the emotional impacts and the effects on their relationships and other ways to support ongoing recovery.

Due to a loss of funding, we are not able to schedule any more Eight-week Support groups for the remainder of 2022.

As we already have a substantial waitlist, we have had to make the difficult decision to close registrations until further notice.

Whilst we are hopeful that we will secure more funding for this important program, if you would like to assist with highlighting the need for this program to continue, you might like to do so by contacting your local MP.

In the meantime, please contact one of our team who can talk to you about other support options by calling 1800 472 676 or get in touch through our Contact Us page.

How it works

Free to join

These 2 hour sessions are 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. There is no cost to participants to attend.

Resources provided

The groups are guided by two facilitators and 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 the discussion. To help create a safe environment for recovery clear guidelines for the group to ensure appropriate conduct and confidentiality.

Continuous support

Men who complete an Eight-week group may wish to continue to meet with other survivors in a monthly meeting forum, held in a number of locations. They are professionally facilitated by SAMSN staff and are a great opportunity to stay connected to the SAMSN network.

How it works

Free to join

These 2 hour sessions are 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. There is no cost to participants to attend.

Resources provided

The groups are guided by two facilitators and 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 the discussion. To help create a safe environment for recovery clear guidelines for the group to ensure appropriate conduct and confidentiality.

Continuous support

Men who complete an Eight-week group may wish to continue to meet with other survivors in a monthly meeting forum, held in a number of locations. hey are professionally facilitated by SAMSN staff and are a great opportunity to stay connected to the SAMSN network.

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