No help coming for abuse victims

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Editor: When is help coming for male victims of sexual child abuse here on our fair isle?

I have been advocating for male-centred services for 19 years here on P.E.I. and have not been very successful at obtaining victim-centred therapy for our male victim population.

Many good-intentioned people have been trying to bring about change, but there has been no real attempt to do so.

As a victim of male sexual victimization I feel I have not been allowed to see any resolution in my own circumstances pertaining to a semblance of justice, counselling, therapy, healing from the scars of having been sexually assaulted and my life threatened by a trusted neighbour who was accused of many sexual assaults in our neighbourhood at that time.

I attended a roundtable discussion with federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay and numerous frontline representatives of justice and corrections, NGOs from P.E.I., and expressed my concerns of male victims. We are told that the new Victims of Crime Bill of Rights will help us and so I am asking now, when is help coming?

I have tried numerous times to access funding for workshops for male victims but have been told there is no funding. Where is our taxpayer money going?

Mike Avery,

Fort Augustus

Organizations: Victims of Crime Bill

Geographic location: P.E.I., Fort Augustus

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