The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center has always been a resource for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault. According to the organization 1 in 6, “at least 1 in 6 men has experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood” and about 10% of sexual assaults in the United States are perpetrated against men (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault). Yet, men are an underserved population when it comes to treating the trauma and symptoms of sexual abuse and assault. The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center wants to do our part in helping everyone who has been affected by sexual trauma and to reduce the amount of males whose suffering exists without relief.
Do your part by recognizing and addressing the symptoms of abuse in yourself or your loved ones. Characteristics observed in male sexual abuse victims can be seen here.
The Cottage provides LGBTQ specific services to adult survivors of sexual violence. To find out more about LGBTQ specific advocacy, please visit our LGBTQ page.
There are many avenues for beginning to address one’s sexual abuse or assault, but sometimes websites and books offers the security of anonymity while providing information and validation.
Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse, Mike Lew, 2004
This is the 'classic' book on the topic, which has recently come out in a new edition, extensively revised and updated, including an expanded resources section.
Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive, Howard Fradkin
A book written to empower male survivors of sexual victimization to develop skills they can use to overcome the effects of trauma and learn to thrive in their lives.
The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, Andrew J. Schmutzer
A Christian/theological book with contributions from 27 people. Dr. Schmutzer uses a collaborative approach to address childhood sexual abuse from a psychological, theological, and pastoral care perspective.
Evicting the Perpetrator: A Male Survivor Guide to Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse, Ken Singer, 2010
A book with insights and avenues to recovery not found in others, by a therapist who's worked with men sexually abused as boys and with teenagers and adults who sexually abuse children
Leaping Upon the Mountains: Men Proclaiming Victory Over Sexual Child Abuse, Mike Lew, 1999
Wise reflections and advice from real men, young and old, from all walks of life and all over the world.
Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life After Boyhood Sexual Abuse, Richard Gartner, 2005
Lots of wisdom and useful resources from an experienced therapist and leading advocate for men with histories of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences.
Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse, Mic Hunter, 1990
Another classic, rich with stories of real men with whom Dr. Hunter has worked and full of tools for recovery.
https://1in6.org/: Helping men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.
http://www.malesurvivor.org/: Committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.