Supporting a male survivor of child sexual abuse

SAMSN recognises the challenges that family members and friends of survivors can experience when trying to support their loved-one.

We conduct one-day workshops that are open to both supporters and survivors to understand the impacts of child sexual abuse and to build strong and mutually respectful relationships.

This workshop provides a safe space for partners, friends, and family, as well as adult male survivors, to discuss commonly faced issues and what assists recovery and healing. 

The workshop is facilitated by SAMSN staff who are both professionals and those with lived experience.

Please note that all of our services are provided free of charge, to supporters and survivors.

Our workshops run as follows:

Part One: 9:30am

  • Understanding the dynamics, impacts & ripple effects of child sexual abuse
  • What assists in recovery & healing?
  • The SAMSN journey and learnings about supporting survivors

Morning tea: 11am

Part Two: 11:20am

  • Exploring the needs of survivors & supporters
  • In this session, the group separates into supporters and survivors and are led in a discussion about each groups’ needs, what’s been helpful and unhelpful

Lunch: 12.45pm

Part Three: 1:15pm

  • Bringing it all together – responding to the needs of survivors & supporters
  • The facilitators provide feedback about the main themes that came out of the group discussions

Close: 3pm

Register for an upcoming workshop

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday July 27


A workshop for partners, family, friends of men recovering from child sexual abuse. Male survivors are also welcome to attend.

More dates announced soon

Thanks to everyone at SAMSN for making this workshop possible, especially those who shared their personal experiences. It gives me strength knowing that such great people exist and are so willing to offer their support.

Chris, a survivor

The supporters group was helpful in educating through similar experiences from parents of survivors to understand their fractured relationship with their child.

Barbara, a supporter