Am I being abused?
“The physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children, (or adults)”
- Princeton University; definition of ‘child abuse.’
“A rude expression intended to offend or hurt” or “cruel or inhumane treatment.”
- Princeton University; definition of ‘ abuse.’
Definition of Domestic Abuse (home/office):
“Any incident or threatening behavior, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are, or have been intimate partners or are family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.”
- British Crime Survey in 2006/07
People involved in the cause to fight abuse are always amazed at how many individuals are being abused and DO NOT REALIZE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THEM because in many environments, abuse seems normal to them. The easiest way to figure out whether abuse is happening is to see how you feel when things are happening to you.
If things are going on between you and another person who has authority over you or can physically overpower you, and these things makes you feel bad, pain, scared, hurt, strange or shameful, it is a good chance that you are being abused.
HELP SERVICES AND INFORMATION
Childhelp’s National Child Abuse Hotline 1.800.4-A-CHILD
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.SAFE
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.HOPE
Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men & Women 1.888.743.5754
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline `1-800-273-TALK’
Below are links to help services, male abuse communities, various support systems and friends for male victims and survivors. If a professional person or organization is listed here, they will provide help to males and WILL NOT turn you away.
All we have found to date for help and services are right here
Child Sexual Abuse
- Darkness To Light ( Child Sexual Abuse )
Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention for Males
Sexually Abused Male Services
- 1 in 6 ( Resources for Therapy, Professionals, Education, Family and Friends )
- Male Survivor ( Membership Supported Organization with Conferences and Workshops )
- JustTell.org ( Empowering Kids to Speak Out About Sexual Abuse )
- Pandora’s Project ( Support and resources for survivors of rape and sexual abuse )
- Together We Heal ( Cost-Free counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse )
Domestic Abused Men Services
- National Center for Victims of Crime ( Helps victims of crime rebuild their lives; all forms of abuse and crime )
- LAMBDA ( General Information )
- Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project ( GLBTQDVP; 24-Hour Hotline: 1.800.832.1901 )
- LA Gay and Lesbian Center ( Los Angeles )
- SF Victim Services ( San Francisco )
Cults: Males are tempting targets for cults and radical groups that abuse people. If you are considering becoming part of an unusual social group, please do some research so you will be able to recognize if you are getting yourself into an abusive situation. If you are with one of these groups you are most likely still being victimized.
Some help and information can be found at the links below.
Rosanne Henry, L.P.C.
Stalking is becoming very dangerous for males. Stalk: to pursue obsessively and to the point of harassment.
Michael G. Conner, Psy.D gives great tips on how to deal with stalkers.
Munchausen by Proxy is when someone is causing illness or injury in another to obtain attention; usually by a parent or caregiver against a child.
This normally happens to children who cannot yet speak, but there have been cases recorded with older children as well. For more information on this syndrome, see the KidsHealth web site.
National US: Sexual Abuse Attorneys
Jeff Anderson & Associates, Clergy Abuse Attorneys
Child Abuse Attorneys Fighting for You
Terani Law Firm
Child Abuse Victim’s Legal Information
NOVA: Network of Victims Assistance
General Legal Information
Equal Justice Foundation
Sexual Abuse of Males, Prevalance, Possible Lasting Effects and Resources
Jim Hopper Ph. D.
Understanding Child Sexual Abuse, What is child sexual abuse?
American Psychological Association
Healing the Sexually Abused Heart
Dr. Jaime Romo
Advancing Health Education and Research
The Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA)
A University of New Hampshire Study
Men Are More Likely Than Women To Be Victims In Dating Violence, UNH Expert Says
Child Abuse Effects: Male Victims of Sexual Abuse
Professor Darlene Barriere
Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment’s Male Outreach Campaign
Battered Men? Battered Facts
FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting
Stalking Defined by Charles E. Corry, Ph.D.
Men and Physical Abuse by Spouses or Girlfriends
Male Survivors of Incest and Sexual Child Abuse
Men Thriving: Sexual Abuse
Advocates, Friends and Fellow Survivors
THE P. LUNA FOUNDATION’S OWN ONLINE PAGES
Michael Skinner Musician/Advocate