Bristlecone Project

Men who were sexually abused or assaulted—whether as children or adults—may feel isolated and stigmatized by what happened to them. The truth is that millions of men from around the world have had these experiences. Below are stories from a dynamic community of male survivors.

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By The Bristlecone Project
Published in 1in6
XX February 2020

New domestic violence stats show psychological abuse as common as physical

The ‘Offences by Family Members’ report was released today as part of the wider ‘2018 New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey’, with the findings likely to influence future funding for support services.

The survey, which involved interviewing 8000 New Zealanders about their experience of crime, provides an accurate, up-to-date picture of New Zealand’s domestic violence issue, according to Ministry of Justice’s manager of research and evaluation James Swindells.

Published in TVNZ 1 News

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Sexual abuse survivor Ken Clearwater asks MPs to acknowledge male rape victims

A sexual abuse survivor is asking lawmakers to better acknowledge male rape victims and is calling for an end to gender comparisons in sexual abuse statistics.

Ken Clearwater, the National Advocate for peer support group Male Survivors Aotearoa, submitted to the Justice Select Committee on Thursday on the proposed Sexual Violence Legislation Bill.

Clearwater, who became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 for his victim support work, said he has worked with “hundreds, if not thousands, of men” over the last 23 years, including men who have taken their own lives.

Published in Newshub

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Reynhard Sinaga case: why male victims and survivors need their own support system

The crimes of Reynhard Sinaga described by prosecutors as “the most prolific rapist in British history” have shocked and horrified many people. But the case has also highlighted that rape doesn’t just happen to women.

Sinaga was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for 159 offences against 48 men who were lured to his Manchester flat, drugged and raped. Police believe that the total number of his victims is likely to exceed 190 men

Published in The Conversation

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