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Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men explores issues that, unfortunately, are all too familiar for the millions of children who are physically, sexually and emotionally abused throughout the United States every year.
According to California law, abuse is considered any of the following:
- A child is physically injured by other than accidental means.
- A child is subjected to willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment.
- A child is abused or exploited sexually.
- A child is neglected by a parent or caretaker who fails to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care or supervision.
If you or anyone you know has been the victim of abuse, here are some resources for getting help.
- To report abuse and/or neglect, contact the Alameda County Child Protective Services emergency response hotline at 510 259–1800.
Child Protective Services is a governmental agency that investigates claims of suspected child abuse and provides intervention services for children and their families. Anyone with a reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect may make a report.
- RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE or online at http://apps.rainn.org/ohl-bridge.
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Both the telephone and online hotlines are free, confidential and available 24/7.
- Childhelp National Child Abuse hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).
Childhelp’s hotline is available 24/7 and is staffed by professional crisis counselors who can provide information on intervention services. All calls are completely anonymous and confidential.
Listed below are a number of websites that provide information and resources for victims of childhood abuse, their loved ones and health-care professionals.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
- Ranked one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine, RAINN operates both the National Sexual Assault Hotline and the DoD Safe Helpline, a resource for members of the Department of Defense community. Since its creation in 1994, RAINN has provided help to more than 1.5 million people.
- This advocacy group gets its name from an alarming statistic that one in six men has experienced an abusive sexual situation before the age of 18. 1in6’s self-described mission is to “help men who have had unwanted abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives” through outreach programs and educational initiatives. 1in6 is partnered with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and has its own RAINN-endorsed, web-based SupportLine for those seeking information and resources.
Sexual Abuse of Males: Prevalence, Possible Lasting Effects & Resources
- Developed by Jim Hopper (PhD), one of the creators of 1in6, this website offers a clear and concise list of statistics, resources and suggestions. Hopper also provides a useful framework for navigating the sometimes bewildering world of statistics and studies.
- Male Survivor is a nonprofit organization “committed to preventing, healing and eliminating all kinds of sexual victimization of boys and men.” The website emphasizes communal healing and features message boards, information on seminars and conferences, therapist listings and stories from survivors of childhood sexual assault.
National Children’s Alliance
- The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) provides local children’s advocacy groups with training and support to help end cycles of abuse.
ABC World News Report: “More Often Than Women, Sexually Abused Males Don’t Talk About It”
- Text and video from a 2011 report on the cultural difficulties facing male victims of sexual abuse.
Statistics, definitions and resources from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (Child Welfare)
Don’t Tell: The Sexual Abuse of Boys by Michel Dorais
Betrayal of Innocence: Incest and its Devastation by Dr. Susan Forward and Craig Buck
Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life After Boyhood Sexual Abuse by Richard Gartner
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman
Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse by Mike Lew
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild
Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress by Elizabeth Vermilyea
Boys and Men Healing: An Inspiring Film About Healing from Male Child Sexual Abuse (DVD)
- A documentary by Big Voice Pictures about three men who have reclaimed their lives after their experiences with abuse and found a voice to speak out against the abuse of others.
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