RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

This page contains a selection of recent news articles and commentary about male victims of violence and abuse plus related issues. These articles are presented as a community service, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the One in Three Campaign.

Please send any relevant news articles to us by clicking here and we will post them on this page.

Friday
Jan202017

Unmasking Masculinity (short YouTube film about male victims of DV)

Some Redwood High School (Mill Valley, CA) film students attended the San Rafael, CA October screening of The Red Pill (documentary film on the men's rights movement) and after seeing it decided to do their class project documentary film on battered men.

Sunday
Jan152017

Unspoken abuse: Mothers who rape their sons | Ginger Gorman | news.com.au

TRIGGER WARNING: This story discusses experiences of childhood sexual abuse, incest and suicide.

“I AM very sorry I brought you so much pain,” Marcus* wrote in his final letter, “Thank you for caring for me. I know I didn’t deserve it.”

Marcus died by suicide two years ago and when he did, he left University of Canberra researcher Lucetta Thomas a message.

The sentence that stayed with her was this one: “The only course of action is for you to do something positive, like finish the PhD.”

To an outsider, these could be understood as simple words of encouragement. Lucetta knew their real meaning; this was an urgent final plea.

The PhD she’s currently writing is about sons who were sexually abused by their biological mothers — just as Marcus had been.

Since she met him, Lucetta had witnessed Marcus struggling to come to terms with what happened to him in childhood.

“He was not only sexually abused by his mother from a very young age but when he became older and was able to physically prevent her from abusing him, she engaged another friend to be her strong arm so she could continue the acts of sexual violence against him,” Lucetta explains.

“When Marcus died, I knew I had to finish the research. I didn’t want this to happen to anyone else. I wanted these men to know they aren’t alone and it’s not their fault. There is help out there,” she says.

It turns out Marcus is far from alone. For Lucetta’s study, 94 men who had been abused by their mothers filled out online surveys. Of that number, she then interviewed 23 men at length over the phone.

Click here to read the full story on the news.com.au website.

Sunday
Jan012017

Happy new year!

Happy to year to all the supporters of One in Three. 2016 was a landmark year for increasing awareness of and support for male victims of family violence. We saw the publication of some major media pieces on male victims, increased services for males and the inclusion of males in anti family violence advertising. We couldn’t have done it without you. Let’s make 2017 even better!

Tuesday
Dec132016

Award-winning journalist looking to interview male victims of female-perpetrated sexual assault for story

We have been contacted by Ginger Gorman, an award-winning social justice journalist writing for news.com.au.

Ginger wrote to us to ask if we knew of anyone who might be interested in being interviewed by her for a story she's currently working on about women as perpetrators of sexual assault against men.

Are you in this group of men? Would you be willing to share your experience with Ginger? If yes, she would love to hear from you and possibly interview you for her story.

You can contact her at: gingergormanwrites@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Thursday
Dec082016

New research into Alcohol/Drug-Involved Family Violence in Australia finds that one in three victims are male

New research by the Violence Prevention Group at the School of Psychology, Deakin University, investigating Alcohol/Drug-Involved Family Violence in Australia, surveyed a representative sample of 5,118 Australians and found that males accounted for between 11% and 37% of victims in incidents attended by police, 24% of intimate partner violence victims and 34% of family violence victims in the panel survey. It also found that "there were no significant differences in the proportion of male and female respondents classified as engaging in no, low, and high Coercive Controlling Behaviours (ps > 0.05)."

You can read the full report here.