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.

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.

dates & locations 2020

Please Note: Due to the ongoing government restrictions and physical distancing requirements we have had to postpone some of our 8-week groups until later in the year. Please check the dates below for the latest updates.

Whilst the restrictions are maintained, we are pleased to be able to offer a number of our services online. Our monthly meetings are continuing via Zoom and we are about to pilot two nine-week online support groups.


18 Feb to 7 Apr (Tue)


19 Feb to 08 Apr (Wed)


25 Feb to April 14 (Tue)


26 Feb to 15 Apr (Wed)


14 July to 8 Sept (Tue)


16 July to 10 Sept (Thu)


13 Oct to 01 Dec (Tue)


14 Oct to 02 Dec (Wed)


14 Oct to 02 Dec (Wed)


21 Oct to 09 Dec (Wed)  


Postponed until further notice

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