Are you a male survivor of sexual abuse? Is your loved one a male survivor of sexual abuse? Here's what you need to know about our one-to-one Peer Support Service.
One-to-one Peer Support meetings are between a man who has experienced sexual trauma and an experienced, trained Peer Support facilitator (who has also experienced abuse).
It is a scheduled meeting, rather than casual, that occurs every two to four weeks and continues until the man chooses to end it.
One-to-one meetings are approximately ninety minutes long, and held at a venue mutually convenient to the man and the facilitator.
The service is free to men, in order to reduce barriers to access.
The meeting is not counselling. The two men are equals, and the facilitator may share his own experience if helpful to the man. The man’s sharing, and having it validated, contributes to his healing.
As sharing continues over weeks or months, men can decide what other steps they need to take to move forward with their life.
Some men only attend one session, others may attend many. After four one-to-one meetings, men are eligible to join a support group, if the facilitator decides it is safe for the man and the group.
As a result of one-to-one meetings, some men request ‘social work help’ that is in addition to the one-to-one meetings - e.g. support at ACC Sensitive Claims assessments, or support working with the Police.
MOSAIC Peer Support is Available in the Following Locations
"It's not your fault. You're not losing your mind. It's okay to cry. The road to recovery is not necessarily clear, but hey - you've travelled a road up until now that had no map or signposts and you've made it this far."