1in6, Inc. and RAINN Join Forces to Provide a 24/7 SupportLine for Men who were Sexually Abused as Children
Washington, D.C., June 20th — 1in6, Inc. — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help men who may have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives — has worked with RAINN, the world’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, to provide a 24/7 SupportLine for men, their family and friends who are seeking real-time assistance, information and referrals.
“The current sexual abuse trials in the media will be an enormously triggering event for the millions of sexually abused men who will be inundated by the media coverage that the event will generate.”, said Dr. David Lisak, founding board member of 1in6. “Thankfully, there are resources available to help these men, as well as their partners and family members. The 1in6 website was specifically designed to provide these men with information, access to a 24/7 SupportLine, and to do so in a receptive and non-threatening way. Men can find the help and information they need at their own pace, in complete privacy, and with absolute anonymity.”
“RAINN is extremely proud of our partnership with 1in6 and the creation of the SupportLine, which implements the technology we developed to help survivors on the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline,” said RAINN president and founder, Scott Berkowitz. “Now there is one more way for adult male survivors of childhood sexual assault to find the resources they need and take the first step towards recovery.”
In November 2011, as sexual abuse allegations surfaced at several major institutions, web traffic to 1in6.org increased by over 300% in one month. Since that time, web traffic has remained nearly twice what it was before November, which speaks to the impact that very public abuse cases can have on viewers across the country and the world. For many men, the current sexual abuse case will trigger memories that have been locked away for a very long time, and the resources at 1in6.org are an essential first step towards recovery.
About 1in6, Inc.
1in6 offers a wealth of information and resources on its website, including a 24/7 SupportLine and lending library. It is the most comprehensive online resource in the world on the sexual abuse of males. But most importantly, 1in6.org offers information and services to men at different stages of seeking information and help, including those who are not yet ready to “break the silence” by calling a hotline, seeking a therapist, or even participating anonymously in a supportive online community.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. The hotlines have helped more than 1.7 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.