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The BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse is committed to supporting the research community in expanding research and knowledge translation surrounding male sexual abuse.  As we expand our knowledge in this area, we certainly hope that more research will begin to focus on bringing the voices of men who have experienced sexual abuse to the forefront.

Your participation in research is highly appreciated and helps the field of counselling move forward in acknowledging, recognizing and perhaps even treatment for survivors of sexual abuse.

If you are Masters student at an accredited university and would like your study to be included on our page, please email us with a PDF of your recruitment poster at victimservices@bc-malesurvivors.com.

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Study 1: Early Sexual Experiences Among Males (University Of Ottawa)

Are you male between the ages of 18 and 59?  Did you have any sexual experiences in childhood or adolescence?
If so, you may be eligible to participate in an on-line research study being conducted at the University of Ottawa. Early sexual experiences among males have only recently begun to receive the attention they deserve. Your participation in this study will help us better understand the impact that sexual experiences during childhood or adolescence can have on males.

By participating in the study, you will be entered in a draw for one of four $50 Visa gift cards.

What does participation involve?

Anonymously answer a series of questions that take approximately 40-50 minutes to complete
* The study is available on-line and can be completed from any computer, in the convenience of your home or office
* Please note that the study is only available in English and to those living in Canada or the United States
* Interested?

Log on to: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/male-childhood-sexual-experiences/


Contact Jennifer Lyons from the Children’s Well-being Lab at the University of Ottawa: 613-562-5289 (ext 2265)


Study 2: Men’s voices and Their Experience of Abuse From A Female Intimate Partner (University of Toronto)

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a 90-minute online discussion group. We are trying to learn more about men’s experiences of abuse from a female intimate partner in different Western countries (UK, USA, Canada and Australia). This is an under-researched area and we hope that by allowing men’s voices to be heard we can contribute to the understanding and development of prevention, services and funding for this issue, in addition to raising international awareness.

Alexandra Lysova, a researcher from the University of Toronto, and her collaborator (a practicing psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Celi or Dr. Louise Dixon) are looking for men to take part in the Canadian study. We want to speak to men who have experienced some form of abuse in a current or past intimate relationship and who are willing to discuss their experiences with a researcher and other men in similar situations. This abuse does not have to be physical. We recognize that people can experience other forms of abuse such as psychological, emotional, sexual or controlling behaviors, and we are interested in all of these forms. The discussion group will be held virtually; that is, we will use an online facility to speak to each other. This will allow men who live in different parts of Canada to get together and talk to each other. Groups will be small, approximately 4 men and two researchers. Your participation in this group will have to be from a private location – for example, a home PC or iPad, or mobile phone in a private location –to make sure we uphold the confidentiality for you and other participants in the group. Therefore, you could not carry out the group in an internet café or library, for example.

Requirements for participation are that you at least 18 years old, proficient in the English language, experienced some form of abuse from a female intimate partner while living in Canada at some point, and you are willing to share your story with a small group of men in similar situations. You will need access to an email account, the internet and a webcam. Participation is voluntary.  You may decline to answer any question you do not wish to answer. If you wish to drop out of the study at any time, you are free to do so. Your answers will be kept fully confidential. In addition to Alexandra Lysova, the other members of the international research team are Dr. Hines and Dr. Douglas from the Universities in the USA, Dr. Louise Dixon from the University of Birmingham, UK, and Dr. Elizabeth Celi in private practice in Melbourne, Australia.

You do not have to tell us your name at any point in this study. If you are interested in reading more about this study, you need to email the researcher (details below) who will email you back detailed information. If your email address identifies your name clearly, you are free to create and use a non-identifiable account – you can do this easily online using gmail or Yahoo, for example.  When the researcher emails you back she will provide you with a made-up name (Bobby, for example) that you can use in communication throughout the entire study.  However, we will be able to see your face in the discussion group – we believe it will be easier to talk to each other online about sensitive issues if we can see each other; it is sometimes difficult to gauge what people really mean or feel without seeing faces.

Please note!If you are currently in an abusive relationship, you should think very carefully about whether your participation in this project can be carried out safely.  For example, will your partner be able to read your emails to us and from us? Will your partner be aware of you participating in the online discussion group? Remember, unless a website has been set up in a specific way, people can trace your history on the computer – that is they can see what sites you have been logged onto. They will be able to trace that you have accessed the weblink to our online group unless you know how to effectively delete this history. Think – would taking part threaten your safety in any way? Please do not take any further part in this study if it does.

If you are interested in participating or have questions about the study, please email Alexandra Lysova (sasha.lysova@mail.utoronto.ca) or Elizabeth Celi (men@drceli.com.au) and she will send you more detailed information about the study so that you consider further if you would like to take part.


Study 3: “The Strengths of Sexual Minority Men.” (Suffolk University) 

We are looking for participants who are:

·        HIV-negative adult men

·        who are attracted to men.

The specific label that the individual identifies with (e.g., bisexual, queer, unsure, no label, etc.) is not important for this study, just that a person is attracted to men in some way and is willing to share their experience of challenges and achievements related to his physical and sexual health with us. We are interested in learning more about the strengths that sexual minority men have that help keep them sexually healthy, despite challenges in life.

1.     Phase 1 online survey: If a man chooses to participate, he will complete questionnaires online first, and will be offered a raffle entry to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards for doing so.

2.     Phase 2 interviews: Based on those questionnaires, if he is eligible for a second study and agrees to do so, he can participate in an interview with a trained researcher about his health (both physical & sexual). The researcher is based in Boston, MA, but interviews will be conducted online using Skype. Completing the interview will take approximately 60-90 minutes and participants who compete a Skype interview will receive a $20 online Amazon card as a thank you for their time and effort. Participants can also choose to donate their $20 to one of three organizations: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the It Gets Better Project, orGLBT National Help Center. In order to participate in this interview, a consent form will need to be signed (accessed at the study website).

3.     Phase 3 online survey: Any participant who completes the first set of questionnaires online has the ability to complete another set of questionnaires online, after which he can enter to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards again.

If you are interested in participating. Click the link provided below:



Eva N. Woodward, MA & Amy Marks, PhD

Email contact: menshealthstudy@suffolk.edu

Study 4:  Male Survivors’ Stories of Sexual Victimization
(IRB Protocol [477039-1], approved by UD 7/23/2013)
Would you like to donate about 2 hours of your time for an interview about your life and your sexual victimization experience? It is an overlooked issue for men and your story could help provide valuable information to inform service agencies and other men who are not ready to seek help because they are worried about how their family, friends, and society will react. You need to be male and have experienced sexual victimization since you turned

The interviews can be completed over the phone, through a video chat client like Skype, or in person. An interviewer from the University of Delaware will talk with you privately to answer questions and conduct the interview if you consent.
All of the information that you provide will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law. Delaware, and other local states, require those knowing of or suspecting child abuse or neglect to report it. These laws will be followed. Please ask questions when contacting the Principal Investigator if you have questions or need more information. Your name will always be kept separate from your interview answers. Feel free to contact the Principal Investigator through the information below with any questions.

During the interview, you will be asked some personal questions about your childhood, family, and your experiences with being sexually victimized. You will not have to answer any questions that you do not feel comfortable with. You can choose to stop the interview at any time without penalty.

Interested? Please contact:

Kevin Ralston, University of Delaware
325 Smith Hall, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 533-8640

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