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April – Male Survivors Awareness Month

 

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For a number of years, the Society has organized “Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month” for the month of April.

In the first year, five mayors in the Capital Regional District and three in the Greater Vancouver region chose to make that proclamation. Last year seventeen local governments in the Victoria and Vancouver areas joined a growing number of mayors in the U.S. and Canada who make this annual event an important one for male survivors and those who work on their behalf.

Proclamation:

  • WHEREAS, the problem of child sexual abuse persists in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance; and
  • WHEREAS, the problem of boyhood sexual exploitation is often overlooked, neglected and poorly understood; and
  • WHEREAS, while efforts to protect female children from sexual victimization and rehabilitative services provided to those who are traumatized are underway, collectively applying these same efforts on behalf of male children has lagged; and
  • WHEREAS, boys who are sexually abused usually lack appropriate adult male role models and mentors to assist them in their recovery, provide support during any prosecution, and advocate on their behalf with other adults and organizations and as a result sustain additional trauma and suffer developmentally; and
  • WHEREAS, it is encouraged that all adult survivors provide appropriate nurturing, support and guidance to sexual abuse victims as they are able; and
  • WHEREAS, all adult survivors advocate for the prevention of childhood sexual abuse and for the development of effective and comprehensive recovery and rehabilitative programs for victims within the limits of his or her governmental and cultural restrictions and to the extent he or she is able;

We thank the following cities or districts that have adapted the above proclamation:

-City of Vancouver

-City of Port Moody (BCSMSSA requests proclamation from municipality of Port Moody) 

-City of Richmond

-City of Pitt Meadows

Frequently asked questions about male sexual abuse awareness month

1. What is Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse month?

Our goal is to initiate additional information dissemination that sexual abuse does not just occur to women but also to men. We also need to generate conversations on how to aid males who have been sexually abused and to also push for equality in services for all genders.

2.  What are proclamations?

Each year, the B.C. Provincial and municipal governments receives many requests from organizations requesting proclamations to mark events that highlight social and health issues. For example, Democracy Day or Cancer Awareness Month.

A proclamation is a recognition by a governmental of events or occasions held by groups on behalf of issues relative to their mandate or of concern to the general public. The attorney general has the authority to approve and sign provincial proclamations as do mayors and councils for municipal governments.

BCSMSSA requests proclamations from municipalities within the lower mainland in April to acknowledge and promote awareness of “male survivors of sexual abuse”. We sincerely thank each participating municipality that recognizes our need for awareness around male sexual abuse.

3. How can I support Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse month?

  1. You can wear a turquoise ribbon to mark male survivors of sexual abuse month in support for the cause.
  2. You can also generate conversations around this issue to increase awareness.
  3. Find out something new about sexual abuse of males and pass on the information.
  4. Some individuals may also reach out to organizations that support males and donate to the cause.