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
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.
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.
dates & locations 2020
Please Note: As per the statement on our Home page, our Eight-Week Support Groups, Monthly Drop-In meetings, Supporters & Survivors Workshops and all training events have been suspended until further notice.
18 Feb to 7 Apr (Tue)
19 Feb to 08 Apr (Wed)
25 Feb to April 14 (Tue)
26 Feb to 15 Apr (Wed)
12 May to 30 Jun (Tue)
14 May to 02 Jul (Thu)
22 Jul to 09 Sep (Wed)
29 July to 16 Sep (Wed)
04 Aug to 22 Sep (Tue)
04 Aug to 22 Sep (Tue)
13 Oct to 01 Dec (Tue)
21 Oct to 09 Dec (Wed)
Register for eight-week groups for male survivors of child sexual abuse
Any male who was sexually assaulted during his childhood can contact SAMSN about joining one of our eight-week groups.
To register your interest please complete the form below or call us on 02 8355 3711.