Strengthening Support For Male Survivors Of Sexual Abuse
McGuinty Government Providing New Services For Victims
For the first time in Canada, male survivors of sexual abuse will have access to an integrated, provincewide network of services and support that will help them through the difficult process of recovery.
Ontario will establish a comprehensive network of 45 agencies across the province to co-ordinate the delivery of specialized services for male victims including:
- individual and group counselling
- peer support
- residential services
- telephone and e-counselling.
Survivors will also have access to a new 24 hour, toll-free phone number that will provide crisis and referral services.
The agencies will work together to provide training, public education and other professional development services to ensure victims receive the supports they need.
Ontario has also created a provincial advisory committee of experts to ensure services across the province are rolled out smoothly and effectively, and are responsive to the needs of survivors.
- These new services are expected to be available by early summer 2011.
- Ontario is investing $2.2 million over two years to establish dedicated services for male survivors of sexual abuse.
- The Men's Project in Ottawa will receive funding to continue to work in the area of men's services to male survivors of sexual abuse.
- This initiative complements a wide range of existing services that male survivors of sexual abuse can access.
“For the first time, Ontario will have a provincewide ability to assist male survivors of sexual abuse. We are building services that, in many areas, simply don't exist.”