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'Help is just a phone call away' - a lifeline for male survivors of sex assault

21 May 2019 3:48 PM
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child sexual abuse
male sexual abuse
Matrixmen Cape Town head Patrick Macdonald says normally it takes up to 27.6 years to report what happened.

Male survivors of sexual abuse are being urged not to suffer the effects of their abuse in isolation.

A support group for survivors, which began in Johannesburg, is now active in Cape Town.

Matrix Men was founded by Martin Pelders, himself a survivor.

Patrick Macdonald is the head of Cape Town branch of Matrixmen and explains why there is a still a stigma attached to male sexual abuse.

It's really hard for men to admit to other people that they have been sexually abused and I think this is why it's not dealt with, people tend to shy away from it.

Patrick Macdonald, Head of Cape Town branch - Matrixmen

Normally it takes up to 27.6 years for a survivor of sexual abuse to report what happened to them to anyone.

Patrick Macdonald, Head of Cape Town branch - Matrixmen

Read: 'Leaving Neverland' director: Michael Jackson groomed boys and their families

Macdonald says the trauma of sexual abuse can manifest in many ways.

A lot of people who have been sexually abused as children never even get to marriage because they have so many problems in relationships, mostly associated with self-worth and shame. Many become drug addicts and prostitutes.

Patrick Macdonald, Head of Cape Town branch - Matrixmen

We are here to be just a phone call away. Whatever your story is it's about knowing there is a safe, non-judgemental space for you to tell your story.

Patrick Macdonald, Head of Cape Town branch - Matrixmen

Listen to the full interview below:


21 May 2019 3:48 PM
Tags:
child sexual abuse
male sexual abuse

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