All posts in “childhood abuse”

MaleSurvivor – Support for Men of Sexual Victimization

Group Name: MaleSurvivor – Support for Men of Sexual Victimization

Description: MaleSurvivor provides critical resources to male survivors of sexual trauma and all their partners in recovery by building communities of hope, healing, and support. Most of the organizations that serve survivors of sexual abuse have been created by women for women. Because so few people know that large numbers of males are sexually abused, male survivors have been unseen, neglected and therefore underserved. Sadly, for males caught in this tragedy not of their own making, instead of needed understanding they confront profound misunderstanding in a culture that values invulnerability and denial of pain as essential qualities of manliness. Men simply are not allowed to admit that they have been sexually exploited and abused!

MaleSurvivor recognizes and respects the diversity of sexual abuse survivors and caregivers. This problem is not limited to people of any particular gender, race, religion, age, nationality, socioeconomic class, or sexual orientation. Through its informational programs and services, MaleSurvivor also helps the public and the media to recognize and understand males who have been sexually abused, and most important, promotes the actions we all can take to confront and fight the realities, and destroy the myths, of male sexual abuse.

Admission Requirements: Admission interview to determine appropriateness. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse share experiences of hope and recovery. This group is ongoing, open ended. Survivors attend as long as they need to attend.

Where: 4768 Broadway, #527 | New York, U.S.A 10034

When: Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Please call for more information on meeting location.

Contact: Lynne MacDonell 416 996 4050 | | Craig Bolton |

Child Development Institute – Mothers In Mind

Group Name: Child Development Institute – Mothers In Mind

Description: Child Development Institute (CDI) is an accredited children’s mental health agency, providing a range of programs and services for children 0 – 12 and their families. They offer evidence-based programs across three streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services and Healthy Child Development. Their approach is family-focused and we work with each child and family’s unique strengths, needs and challenges. They help them to uncover their abilities, give them tools to succeed, and support them in overcoming challenges.

Mothers in Mind is a group program for mothers who have experienced woman abuse or other trauma (e.g. childhood abuse, sexual assault, war) and have children under the age of four. The program focuses on the needs of mothers who find that these hurtful experiences are making parenting difficult. The 10-week mother-child group helps mothers learn ways to manage stress and other challenging feelings, foster healthy self-esteem, and respond to their children in a sensitive, supportive and effective manner. Mothers in Mind supports women with young children in becoming the mothers they want to be.

Where: Child Development Institute | 197 Euclid Avenue | Toronto, ON M6J 2J8

When: Call for more information.

Contact: Asifa Sheikh 416-603-1827 Ext. 2241 | Ena Burbana 416-603-1827 Ext. 2249 | |

York Region Abuse Program

Group Name: York Region Abuse Program

Description: The York Region Abuse Program provides individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults of all genders who are differently-abled and/or those from all social, economic, racialized, ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two spirit and heterosexual who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

They provide individual and group therapy to adult and adolescents who have experienced childhood sexual abuse; provide individual and group therapy for children aged 3-12 years who have been sexually abused, as well as offer psycho-educational support to their supportive caregivers; and provide individual support for children with sexualized behaviour problems who are under the age of 11 1/2, are prepubescent, and demonstrate sexual behavior that is developmentally inappropriate, intrusive or aggressive in nature.

Persons who inquire about individual or group therapy will be given information over the telephone or in person. If appropriate, an intake will be completed. Following intake, a face to face interview is required prior to admittance to service.

Where: 17705 Leslie Street, Unit 12 | Newmarket, ON L3Y 3E3

When: Group therapy meetings are offered in the evenings. Please call for further details.

Contact: 905-853-3040 | 1-800-263-2240 | |

Women’s College Hospital – Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)

Group Name: Women’s College Hospital – Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)

Description: Women’s College Hospital is established in women’s health – our remarkable history goes back more than a century in Ontario. We have gone through many changes in the past several years – the most recent being regaining our independent governance on April 1, 2006. This is a very exciting time for us, as we explore new and better ways to provide care to women and their families throughout every phase of their lives. Women’s College Hospital is a community dedicated to achieving leadership in women’s health in an ambulatory care setting.

The Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP) is an intensive group therapy program with accompanying individual therapy for women who have experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse and/or neglect in childhood (0-18 years old). WRAP is part of the Trauma Therapy Program. There is a phone intake process before entering the program. Women who are interested in the program may be asked about safety (e.g. living environment, relationships), previous therapy experience and self-care strategies. She will then meet with a member of the clinical team for an in-person psychosocial assessment to determine whether WRAP would be beneficial. WRAP is best suited to women who can benefit from a time-limited program and who are experiencing any of the following symptoms related to trauma:

  • Anxiety
  • Numbing
  • Problems with self-esteem
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Flashbacks
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Dissociation
  • Feelings of isolation or alienation

Where: 76 Grenville Street, 9th Floor East | Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

When: Groups held Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. WRAP’s waitlist is currently CLOSED. It will reopen on Mondays during January (January 5, 12, 19 and 26) 2015, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for phone referrals. WRAP is covered by OHIP.

Contact: 416-323-6400 Ext. 4999 | |

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