Resources for Military Men Who Have Experienced Sexual Assault

Outreach Materials and Marketing Collateral

Brochures, posters and other outreach materials are available to SHARP Professionals through the Products on Demand (POD) Site. This site is available only for people who work for the SHARP Program and, by virtue of their duties, need access to posters, promotional materials and other tools. You must obtain a username and password to login. www.sharpmaterials.com

SHARP Outreach Webinars

Each month, the SHARP Outreach Program hosts a webinar training for SHARP Professionals to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

April 2017: Connecting with Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

This webinar, presented by Dr. Mary Froning from MaleSurvivor, highlights the important differences between male and female survivors of sexual assault in terms of communicating and connecting with the victims. Dr. Froning will focus the ultimate goals of providing better service and being more successful in helping survivors accept resources to help them heal.

January 2017: Helping Men Recover from Military Sexual Assault and Harassment

Dr. Christopher Skidmore, Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services and the National Military Sexual Trauma Support Team Member, discusses health care services available in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to assist men who have experienced military sexual assault and harassment (or military sexual trauma, as it is known in VA); ways that military sexual assault and harassment can impact men, including aspects of the experience that may be particularly difficult for men; and important aspects of the recovery process for men. He explores ways of responding to military sexual assault/harassment in men and how to apply it in your work.

April 2016: A Voice Unheard: Victim Perspective on Male Victimization

COL Jack Usrey tells his story of being sexually assaulted from the ages of 5 to 12 by his babysitter, neighbor and family acquaintance. He shares the impact it's had on his life and why he didn't share it with anyone until his first child was born. He talks about the first time he shared his story with an audience of 400. Following his presentation, 30 sexual assault survivors within the audience contacted him. Closing out, he will offer his thoughts on how the Army can widen its scope in addressing sexual assault and things leaders and parents should consider as they lead Soldiers and raise their families.

February 2016: Working with Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused or Assaulted

Social norms for men often inhibit their effective emotional responses to sexual trauma, men often learn to cope in other ways. This may include increased use of alcohol, drugs, food, work, pornography and unsafe sexual practices; risky physical activities; issues with anger management; suicide, and physical violence. Instead of calling rape crisis centers or mental health clinics, male survivors often show up in court, rehab facilities or in the ER without ever disclosing their secret. During the presentation, Mrs. Martha Lucia Marin-Cun, MSW of 1in6.org explores how providers working with men in clinical or non-clinical settings can remain sensitive and receptive to a possible underlying source of many men’s dysregulated behaviors and provide appropriate resources.

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Additional resources for men who have experienced a sexual assault:

  • DOD Safe Helpline is confidential, secure and available 24/7, worldwide. Call 1-877-995-5247 or talk with a professional immediately through a live, secure chat. Highly trained staff will listen to you, provide support and discuss your short-term and long-term options for seeking assistance.
  • Safe HelpRoom Sessions for Military Men are held every Sunday at 1300-1500 EST for military men that have experienced sexual assault. Safe HelpRoom is an online community of sexual assault survivors in the military that meet to support each other in taking next steps after a sexual assault. The Sunday sessions are specifically for men who have experienced a sexual assault and provide a safe, confidential platform for men to share, encourage and talk with others that have similar experiences.
  • 1in6 helps men who have experienced sexual assault live healthier, happier lives by providing information and support resources.
  • Male Survivor provides support to men who have experienced sexual assault through their Weekends of Recovery retreats, online resources and trainings.
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) operates the DOD Safe Helpline and the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE). RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization providing programs to prevent sexual violence and support victims.