Supporting Services for Male Survivors

Are you a male survivor?

There are thousands of male survivors living in communities across Northern Ontario.

  • Male survivors come from all walks of life.
  • They are all ages, cultures and religions.
  • Male survivors are straight, gay and bisexual.
  • They are community leaders, Fishermen, labourers and professionals.
  • Male survivors are neighbours, friends, fathers and sons.
  • They are strong and courageous men.
  • Male survivors of abuse or assault often live in silence.

Approximately 1 in 6 men will experience sexual abuse in their lifetime.

The Male Survivors Program provides free and confidential counselling support to men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. Family members and significant others are also able to access counselling to support their loved ones.

The program supports men aged 16 and over to regain a sense of control over their lives by developing positive coping skills. It is designed specifically to meet men’s needs in a way that speaks to men.

Please do not live in silence. Share how you are feeling with someone you can trust.

If you’re ready to talk, we’re ready to listen.

If you want to talk or need information about support services near you, contact us.

Resource Information:

Garnets Journey.

Northern Clearinghouse: Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect by Tom Wilken

Tom Wilken – National Victims of Crime Awareness Week Presentation

Jim’s Story


Male Survivors Story

Thunder Bay Counselling, Catholic Family Development Centre, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Thunder Bay Sexual Assault & Sexual Abuse Counselling & Crisis Centre and Children’s Centre Thunder Bay, hosted a unique workshop for local professionals focused on supporting Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Assault.

The event was led by keynote speaker; author Tom Wilken, who has worked as a Probation Officer for the past nine years with both the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of Children & Youth.

Don Campion also spoke at the event. Don is a long term advocate for male survivors of sexual abuse. His courage and strength has brought him to a place where he has become the voice for many victims who believe they don’t have one.

View video of the workshop below.

  • Part One – Introduction
  • Part Two – Overview of Tom’s work and “Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect” Book
  • Part Three – Stages of Recovery and Why Men Don’t Disclose
  • Part Four – Why Men Don’t Reach Out, Counselling Male Survivors and Important Qualities in a Counsellor
  • Part Five – Responding to Disclosures and What to Consider When you Hear a Disclosure
  • Part Six – Don’s Story