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Posted April 14, 2011



Kitchener - Ontario is moving forward with its plan to provide for the first time, province-wide services for male survivors of sexual abuse.  The initial government investment will be $2 million over two years to provide these specialized services.

As stated by the Ministry of the Attorney General, ‘We have heard from many victims throughout the Cornwall Public Inquiry which began in 2005, and have addressed the Commissioner’s recommendations. We continue to engage survivors and experts for ongoing consultation as part of our approach to delivering improved services to male survivors’.

This approach builds on the advice provided to the government in consultation with current service providers, experts and survivors. It will include a crisis and referral line, individual and group counselling sessions and peer support.  Agencies will also provide training and other ongoing professional development activities for local service providers.

The objectives of this initiative are to:

Lessen the impact of crime and trauma on the victim

Increase the victim’s access to services and supports

Funding for the Support Services for Male Survivors initiative has been earmarked to:

Develop and implement a province-wide crisis assistance and referral

Establish four regional networks of community agencies (North, East West and Central) to provide coordinated, specialized services for male survivors of sexual abuse across Ontario and to build professional capacity across the sector. A lead organization will be selected for each region to oversee the delivery of a region-wide coordinated services, which include short-term individual and group counselling and peer support for male survivors. The regional networks will also make referrals to longer-term community supports and provide training and ongoing professional development activities for service providers.

A five-member panel was formed to select a successful candidate for the lead organization within the four regional networks that includes:

Dr. Fred Mathews, Clinical Psychologist and author of "The Invisible Boy," a study of male child abuse

Arthur Lockhart, Professor, Humber College, male survivor and founder of The Gatehouse

Jim Stephenson, board member of the Office for Victims of Crime

Irwin Glasberg, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Ontario Victim Services Secretariat

Patricia Bishop, Director of Policy and Program Development, Ontario Victim Services Secretariat

The Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County has been selected as the lead organization for the West region and with 12 municipal partners will be ensuring the availability of services to male survivors within 18 municipalities in the West Region. The Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County has been providing male centred services to male survivors for over 20 years in the community of Windsor-Essex County. Each of the 12 municipal partners have demonstrated expertise in the delivery of services to male survivors and each partner currently is providing counselling services to male survivors within their municipality. Many of these partners have been providing successful programs for male survivors for several years within their community.

The Partners are:

Essex County: Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County (LEAD)

Waterloo: Community Justice Initiative with support from Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region

Hamilton: Sacha-Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area)

Niagara: Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre

Lambton: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia-Lambton

Oxford Elgin Middlesex: Co-partners Daya Counselling Centre
Family Service Thames Valley

Chatham Kent: Family Service Kent

Grey Bruce: G & B House, Hearing Healing Hope

Huron: Huron Perth Centre for Children and Youth
Perth: Family Services of Perth Huron

Brant Haldimand Norfolk: Ganohwkasra Family Violence Services with support from the
Brave Committee

Dufferin: Family Transition Place

Wellington: Community Justice Initiative with support from Sexual Assault Centre of Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis
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