Supporting BOP male survivors of sexual violence

1) Male survivors Bay of Plenty manager Bruce Montgomery. Supplied image.

A new Bay of Plenty organisation is offering support to men who have been victims of sexual violence.

Manager Bruce Montgomery says MSBOP is a registered charitable trust established to support men who have experienced any form of sexual violence. Its peer supporter workers have all experienced sexual violence themselves.

"We provide an intentional peer support model. This is a person-centred approach based on mutuality, recovery and hope, experiential knowledge, self-determination, participation and equality," he says.

"As peer support workers, we have lived experience, developed resilience strategies, manage self-stigma and are at ease with self-disclosure."

Bruce says the peer support workers have first-hand understanding of the survivor’s experience. This enables them to have “authentic conversations above their own journeys to recovery.”

"That is the essential ingredient for establishing a successful peer support relationship for hope, growth and recovery."

“A Kiwi male who has experienced sexual abuse is not alone,” says Bruce.

"One in six New Zealand males experience sexual abuse as young people. We can help you reclaim the life that was stolen from you."

Male Survivors Bay of Plenty is a member of the national organisation Male Survivors Aotearoa.

Men who would like to talk to a peer support worker can call 0800 044 334, text: 4334, visit the website www.safetotalk.nz or email support@safetotalk.nz

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