Carleton students raise awareness for violence against men

The Ottawa Men’s Refuge, supported by fourth-year sociology students attending Carleton, hosted a panel discussion about domestic and sexual violence against men on Nov. 9. The event, titled “Coming Together In Conversation,” took place at the Heron Road Community Centre.   The Ottawa Men’s Refuge is an emerging service that will eventually allow men who are victims of domestic violence to call a hotline if they are experiencing a crisis. After the hotline is created, the group hopes to have collected enough funds to create a shelter for male victims.   “I believe anyone who has experienced violence deserves support,” said Matt Schaaf, of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women’s I can MANifest Change Program, when he addressed the […]

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Bridging the gap: Resources for men who have been sexually assaulted

One in every eight men has been a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime, according to Rick Goodwin, the founder and clinical director of Men and Healing, an Ottawa-based organization that provides sexual trauma therapy for men. But when considering experiences of childhood sexual abuse, he said that number becomes one in six. Goodwin added that male victims of sexual assault are less likely to report their experiences than women, and there are limited resources specifically for men. And yet, he said the issue of sexual violence against men tends to be swept under the rug. “As a man you’re supposed to be strong, powerful, in control. But the fact is, there are male victims out there and they’re […]

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