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SOUTH AFRICAN MALE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE ( NPC) is a non-profit company registered in terms of section 14 of the Companies Act, 2008 in South Africa. registration number 2012/176739/08 and is based in the central business district of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The aim of SAMSOSA is to provide a support structure for non-offending male survivors of sexual abuse and rape.

This will be achieved by providing information and direction that will lead the victim and assist affected individuals through their journey of healing in a non-judgemental, compassionate and supportive environment.

To live is to suffer. To survive is to find meaning in suffering.” Pipher 2001

MISSION

South Africa MALE SURVIVORS of sexual abuse endeavours to serve as a resource and referral centre, providing information, support and training for victims, affected individuals and organisations in a safe, non-judgemental structure. In addition, we will act as an advocacy group for non-offending male rape and abuse survivors to create awareness and understanding that will change social attitudes and structures.

VISION

To change lives by providing information, a structure of strength and compassion for male survivors as they embark on their journey of healing, transforming from victim to survivor and ultimately to become a thriver.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

Main objectives are to support male survivors of sexual abuse and rape through:

  • Creating a referral network of trained professionals, facilitating support groups and workshops – for survivors and their families.
  • Educating communities and families.
  • Providing information and resources to professionals and members of the public

Expansion of the Objectives:

  • Referral Network: Create a referral network of existing organisations and trained professionals, councillors and therapists who are specialists in this field. To facilitate support groups and workshops – for survivors and their families so they can realise that they are not alone on their journey.
  • Creating Awareness : There are so many myths and stereotyping surrounding male abuse and rape, men are therefore apprehensive to come out and attest to the fact that they were abused. We believe that by raising awareness of the implications and effects of CSA (Childhood sexual abuse) and ASA (Adult sexual abuse) amongst the public, male survivors, therapists, councillors and other organisations and providing hem the information and resources we will change social attitudes towards male survivors.
  • Education: Pro-active education and awareness programmes for government institutions, non government organisations, schools , universities and communities in and around South Africa that is specific to issues around the abuse and rape of boys and men. SAMSOSA will partner with existing groups offering education and literature will be produced specifically for these awareness programmes.

STRUCTURE

  • SAMSOSA will work with other non profit organisations to ensure there is no duplication of services and that resources are shared.
  • It will be have offices in the centre of Johannesburg which can be used for meetings, workshops and support group sessions as required.
  • A lot of organisations never get off the ground as all their resources are spent on fundraising. Funds have been secured for setting up the organisation and its first 12 months overheads have been guarenteed by it’s founder and thriver Rees Mann . Thereafter the organisation will implement a fundraising campaign to raise its own funds.

Nelson Mandela

"As I walked out the door towards my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind, I would still be in prison"

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT

People from all walks of life can be a victim of sexual abuse. It doesn’t matter your age, race or cultural background, everyone is at risk of becoming a victim. It must be known that you did not choose for this to happen to you, there is nothing specific about you that makes you more vulnerable to this abuse. Sexual abuse, like any form of abuse is a criminal offence and is never the fault of the person it happens to. It doesn’t matter whether you were drinking or drugging. It doesn’t matter what you were wearing or saying. It doesn’t matter if you knew the abuser or were having an argument. You are, Under No Circumstances responsible for being assaulted or sexually abused. The person who did this to you is the only person responsible for your sexual assault; they are the ones to blame.