Knowledge Centre on Sexual Abuse of Boys Announced
OTTAWA, March 20, 2013
OTTAWA, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The creation of a national
knowledge/resource centre on male sexual trauma and recovery from child
abuse was announced today by The Men's Project (TMP), an Ottawa-based
treatment centre for men and their families since 1997.
The centre will be known as 1in6 Canada. The name was chosen because research has shown that one in six males
will be sexually victimized by the age of 18 or just about 17 per cent
of the male population.
"There is no national voice for men in trauma and recovery issues in
Canada," said Rick Goodwin, TMP Executive Director. "A knowledge centre
is essential to help boys and men recover from their childhood sexual
and physical abuse."
The centre's goal is to provide public education, training, counselling
service direction, research and other resources to Canadians and
agencies coast-to-coast. Many of the services will be available
on-line. As such, the information hub will be accessible to most
Canadians. The centre will also address general issues of men's health
and well being.
"The TMP initiative was advanced by the fact that there is no national
focus on men's issues by any level of government or any local,
provincial or national agency," said Randall Ware, President of the TMP
Board of Directors.
"National networks and associations on sexual/physical abuse have been
focussed on the needs of women whereas the treatment of men's childhood
trauma has been in a vacuum," said Mr. Ware. "Historically, the matter
has escaped any national remedial attention."
1in6 Canadais linked with 1in6 Inc. in the United States.Itjoined forcesin the sharing of educational, training, research and other resources
between the two countries. 1in6 Canadais also discussing linkages with other men's organizations in both
Australia and Europe.
TMP has received many awards for service excellence over the years,
including the inaugural Ontario Attorney General's Award of
Distinction. Other awards include those from the Canadian Mental Health
Association, Crime Prevention Ottawa and the United Way. It was also
seen as a "Promising Practice" by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
TMP been funded for 14 years by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney
TMP had official standing at the Cornwall Public Inquiry, which was
established in April 2005 to look at the response of the justice system
into allegations of male childhood abuse in the St. Lawrence Seaway
city. It was the only party that advocated counselling services for
victims and witnesses who attended the inquiry. As well, TMP's
proposals to the inquiry became some of the principal recommendations
of Commissioner Mr. Justice G. Normand Glaude's report to the Ontario
Attorney General in December, 2009.
"In light of too many high-profile revelations recently about the sexual
predation of boys, it's hoped that more men and community agencies will
come forward to seek help and direction through our 1in6 knowledge centre," said Mr. Goodwin. "There are many thousands of men in
Canada who are hurting and few agencies with the knowledge to address
"National news stories on victimization and its ensuing public outrage
give this sensitive issue a rather compelling profile," said Mr. Ware.
"In the absence of any Canadian leadership on this issue, TMP decided
that our knowledge and experience base could fill the void and, by
national necessity, create 1in6 Canada. The need was incontrovertible."