The province of Ontario has recognized the need to provide services tailored to male survivors of sexual abuse. The government’s plan includes a 2-year investment of $2.2 million to establish dedicated services for male survivors of sexual abuse.
Starting in early summer 2011, male survivors of sexual abuse will have access to an integrated network of services and support through 45 agencies across the province. The agencies will work together to provide training, public education and other professional development services to ensure male survivors of sexual abuse receive the supports they need.
These agencies will co-ordinate the delivery of specialized services for male victims including:
- individual and group counselling
- peer support
- residential services
- telephone and e-counselling
You may see the complete list of Service Providers here: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/news/2011/20110413-male-bg.asp
Survivors will also have access to a new 24 hour, toll-free phone number that will provide crisis and referral services.
The government emphasized that this initiative complements a wide range of existing services that male survivors of sexual abuse can access, noting that The Men’s Project in Ottawa will receive funding to continue to work in the area of men’s services to male survivors of sexual abuse in the Cornwall and Ottawa areas.
A provincial advisory committee of experts is in place to ensure services across the province are rolled out smoothly and effectively, and are responsive to the needs of survivors. Members of the provincial advisory committee include:
- Dr. Fred Mathews, psychologist and research and quality assurance project lead, Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
- Arthur Lockhart, professor of justice studies at Humber College and founder of The Gatehouse
- Dr. Peter Jaffe, professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario
- A representative from Findhelp Information Services and a representative from each of the four regional partnerships
- A member of the Office for Victims of Crime
- A representative from the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat
If you have questions or concerns about these services for male survivors of sexual abuse, you may contact the office of the Ontario Attorney General
Teletypewriter (TTY) toll-free: 1-877-425-0575
Teletypewriter (TTY) Toronto: 416-326-4012
Mail: Ministry of the Attorney General, McMurtry-Scott Building, 720 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
Always remember that you may have been victimized by sexual violence, but by searching for help you have started your healing.