Male Survivors


Male Survivors

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

The sexual assault of men and boys is under-acknowledged in out society, even though prevalence rates indicate that 1 in 6 boys experience sexual assault before they are adults and 1 in 20 males are sexually assaulted over the age of 15.


Male survivors of sexual often experience significant levels of shame which often leads them to either not seek support for themselves or alternatively seek support after may years or decades after the incidents took place. It can be overwhelmingly difficult for a man to ask for help because of cultural expectations and the myths which are prevalent, such as the fear of ridicule, concerns about sexuality, and concern about status in the community. Society does not expect men to be victims.


This fear and concern can prevent many from seeking counselling, or may make it difficult for me to find appropriate counselling. CRCC encourages male survivors of child sexual assault and males who have experienced rape as an adult to access support and counselling services. Here at the Centre we have a specific program for our male clients called the Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA).


In all emergencies phone the police on 000.
Phone the Rape Crisis Centre any time on (02) 6247 2525.


Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA) offers counselling and support to men over the age of 16 in the ACT and surrounding region, and their supporters, to recover from the effects and impacts of sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse.