West Yorkshire Sexual Violence Charity Film Workshops

Male survivor support service - Ben’s Place – will be showcasing five films exploring the recovery perspectives of male survivors in a series of interactive workshops.

The series of events will use a set of films from the US to explore emerging insight into Post Trauma Growth (PTG):   
1. Stories of Silence: Recovering from Boyhood Sexual Abuse 
2. Boys and Men Healing from childhood sexual abuse
3. Boyhood Shadows: “I swore I’d never tell”  
4. 'Pursuit of Truth': Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Seeking Justice
5. Male Survivor Stories – The Bristlecone Project

“Men who were sexually abused or assaulted 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. They are a courageous group who are no longer willing to be silenced by stigma and shame.They’re men who confront the past, but who walk forward into the future.” David Lisak, PhD, Bristlecone Project Founder

The film showings will be an opportunity for an open discussion around empowering PTG opportunities for West Yorkshire male survivors: 
  • What are the barriers? 
  • What are the opportunities?
  • How do we create real change?  
Researchers have found that 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before the age of 18. This is probably a low estimate, since it doesn’t include non-contact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects. West Yorkshire has some of the highest rates of sexual crime in the UK.

Survivors West Yorkshire has, for 20 years, proactively lobbied to improve services. It believes that when society listens to the stories of recovery and growth that survivors experience when they are able to access good practice specialist services, it will want to support the amazing courage males show by breaking their silence to recover from the sexual crimes - done to them - as children or adults.

The free counselling service, Ben’s Place, is available to males (aged 16 years plus) throughout the whole of West Yorkshire. Ben’s Place is named after a West Yorkshire male survivor who experienced childhood sexual abuse between the ages of 10 and 13. Ben took his own life shortly after his 23rd birthday.

The mission of Ben’s Place is to deliver a professionally qualified and informed specialist support, counselling and advice service to adult male survivors (currently aged 16 plus) who are ready to look for help with their experiences of sexual crimes committed against them. Simply knowing they’re not alone is powerful and healing for many male survivors, especially given society’s denial of sexual violence-abuse, as evidenced by the latest reports from the Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse (IICSA) led by Prof, Alex Jay.

The events are free and open to anyone looking to understand more about male survivors and the work of Survivors West Yorkshire’s Ben’s Place project. 

Tickets are available to book on Eventbrite: