May 14, 2020

In this time of pandemic and lockdown, it takes an extra toll on those of us who were sexually abused as boys. 

Why? Simply because as boys we spent our lives in lockdown because of the oppressive sexual abuse we endured. There was no escape then, and now those chords o...

February 27, 2020

The acronym MAPLESS sums up the effect of child sexual abuse on boys. MAPLESS is not gender specific and can work across all genders for those of us who were sexually abused as children. After all, we are without a map until we are able to make sense of what happened t...

November 17, 2019

The sexual abuse of children causes ongoing trauma and distress throughout their lives.

For boys it can cause sexual identity issues because the perpetrator is often male. Abused boys, as men, often self-medicate to block out the distress and pain of what happened to th...

August 16, 2019

From September 2019, support groups will be held at The Kindle Centre on a Tuesday evening, once a month. Please check out the 'Support' page, which lists the current dates for meetings. The group is open to all men who experienced sexual abuse in childhood.

November 25, 2018

The 17 Percent of Men support groups are starting on January 9th 2019 in Herefordshire, meeting in Room 1 at the Kindle Centre, Belmont Road, Hereford.  The first meeting is on a Wednesday from 7-8pm. Thereafter we will meet every two weeks, same place, same time at th...

August 25, 2018

The 17 Percent of Men are starting to get a few enquiries now, so we should be able to begin group meetings in Hereford in the next few months. No doubt to begin with it may be a smallish group, but as we become more widely known throughout the county our groups will b...

August 25, 2018

The flyers about the 17 Percent of Men and its purpose have been sent out to all the GP surgeries in Herefordshire. Our aim is simply to allow men to talk of their childhood abuse in a safe and supportive environment.  

Men who have been sexually abused need to mak...

May 11, 2018

Men are not good at opening up about most things. We feel safer in our own little walled fortresses. Our feelings can often be cauterised regarding our abusive childhoods.

So, what do we do with these raw feelings? We bury them deep in the darkness of our past. We don’t...

April 14, 2018

Herefordshire is a beautiful, rural county that for some feels idyllic. Consequently, it is not always easy for sexual abuse perpetrated against men in their childhoods to be seen as a real issue in the county. Many people find it difficult to acknowledge, and accept,...

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