- Posted November 27, 2013 by
San Francisco, California
Male Abuse Awareness Week Dec. 1-8, 2013
Male Abuse Awareness Week is being Honored at Noon on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in San Francisco’s world famous Union Square
Coming soon; San Francisco, CA ~ The P. Luna Foundation will host its annual Male Abuse Awareness Week (MAAW), December 1st through 8th, 2013. http://www.help4guys.org/.
The holiday season should be a time for joy. But in many families it is a particularly stressful time, when the abuse of children increases and the old hurts in grown children come to the surface thanks to disconnections from their families, or family gatherings that are disappointing and full of secrets and conflicts.
This event raises awareness of all forms of child abuse. Inspired by the cause to fight breast cancer, the goal is to make Male Abuse Awareness Week a major cause campaign.
In honor of its 6th year, the P. Luna Foundation is holding a “Caroling for the Cause Event” at 12:00 noon on Saturday December 7, 2013 at Union Square in downtown San Francisco, California featuring the award winning S.O.S. Singers of the Street“S.O.S.” community chorus (singersofthestreet.org,) along with other great local artists.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Press passes are not needed since this is a public park and event.
The abuse and neglect of children is a terrible tragedy, and the effects on the lives of children, the adults they become and their families, friends and coworkers can be profound. Males abused as children suffer some unique harms and face special challenges to healing. Because boys and young
men are told by society that they must be strong and brave, they often feel guilty and ashamed about having been abused, dominated and vulnerable. Male victims are much less likely to tell anyone what happened to them, let alone to seek professional help with healing. Some get lost in self-destructive behaviors, seeking refuge in alcohol and drug addictions, sexual addictions and even suicide. Although a minority, some pass on the pain by becoming abusers of their partners or children, perpetuating the cycle of abuse.
According to Executive Director Barbara Ochoa, “Since we started this campaign in 2008 we have found that giving abused males a voice is significantly changing society’s opinion about the topic.” Today we all see undeniable evidence that males are now more comfortable than ever speaking out about having been abused as children and celebrities are no exception. Consider Drew Cary and R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. The biggest break of silence in 2013 was the acknowledgement by actor/musician Corey Feldman. In his new memoir “Coreyography” he reveals the late Corey Haim’s past admission to being sodomized at 11 years old by "one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry" and writes of being drugged and sexually abused himself as a child star.
In addition to the impact on breaking long held stigmas, it is proving to have a legal and cultural impact as well. The stigma of being a sexually or even physically abused boy or man no longer holds as much power over victims as it did in the past. In 2013, actress Emma Roberts was arrested for Domestic Violence against her boyfriend Evan Peters and a US Defense Department survey revealed that, in terms of raw numbers, men and women are almost even in regards to being sexual assaulted in the military. Nevertheless, breaking the taboo of silence for these guys still remains a challenge and the abuse of young boys continues at an alarming rate. According to experts in the field, 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before his 16th birthday. Millions more will be the victims of physical, emotional abuse and neglect.
The P. Luna Foundation (PLF) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2007. For more informationcontact Barbara at 818.634.8551(direct) or firstname.lastname@example.org. P. Luna Foundation is located in Southern California at 5334 Lindley Ave. Suite #136, Encino CA 91319 and in Northern California at P.O. Box 523, San Bruno CA 94066 (for all mail). P. Luna Foundation’s organization web site is at http://www.help4guys.org/.
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