Some good reads and interesting research that help shape who we are
The Catholic Boys
A new book by author Mike Ledingham detailing the profound impact of sexual abuse of Mike and two younger brothers by the same Catholic priest. The three Ledingham boys tell their stories of going from being happy, feisty kids to troubled teenagers who became angry, abusing (and self-abusing) men, with consequences for their families. Their plight was only recognised by the Catholic Church after a tortuous series of negotiations. The stories of Michael, Gerry and Chris are introduced by their older sister Mary, who provides readers with background on each with love and admiration for their survival. Their stories detail in heart breaking clarity the wide-reaching impacts of their childhood sexual abuse.
The Courage To Heal
by Ellen BASS & Laura DAVIS
Healing the Shame that Binds You
by John BRADSHAW. Ref; 152.4 BRA
A bestseller in a series of books by Bradshaw about dysfunctional families. Also available on audio tape.
Child Abuse Trauma: Theory and Treatment of the Lasting Effects
by John N. BRIERE. Ref; 616.8582 BRI
A book written for those who work with survivors (therapists) but extremely educational for those who can get their heads around the clinical words
Growing up Gay in a Dysfunctional Family
by Rik Isensee
The Invisible Wound: A new approach to healing childhood sexual abuse
by Wayne KRITSBERG. Ref 362.88 KRI
A wonderful book for those who wish to contact their inner child. Almost essential reading, as it is the child we once were that needs to do the healing work.
Victims No Longer: Men recovery from incest and other sexual abuse
by Mike LEW. Library ref; 362.89 LEW
A classic self help book dealing with male survivor issues, one of the first written in this field.
Leaping upon the Mountains
by Mike LEW
Wounded Boys: Heroic Men: A man’s guide to recovering from child abuse
by Daniel Jay SONKIN. ref; 362.76 SON
Another well written work dealing exclusively with male survivor issues.
Healing the Child Within
by Charles L. WHITFIELD. Ref 616.89 WHI
An excellent and well written book. In depth discovery and recovery for adult children of dysfunctional families. Over 1 million copies sold
Victims’ Voices: The Justice Needs and Experiences of New Zealand Serious Crime Victims
Victim Support says research shows it’s time to take action and put victims at the heart of the justice system. Karen McLeay, Victim Support Acting Chief Executive, said the results of Chief Victims’ Advisor Dr Kim McGregor’s research, Strengthening the Criminal Justice System for Victims, paint a realistic picture of the justice system’s failings.
Social Service System: The Funding Gap and How to Bridge It
Research funded jointly by social service providers and philanthropic organisations.
NZ Research Team to Inform Peer Support Effectiveness
Examining the journeys of adult male survivors of sexual abuse and the services they need: identifying effective practice and gaps from a ready model of peer support in New Zealand.
Disparities in police proceedings and court sentencing for females versus males who commit sexual offences in New Zealand
This study investigated whether there are disparities in the way in which police proceed against females and males who commit sexual offences. We explored whether there are discrepancies in the severity of court sentences handed down to female and male sexual offenders. Using police and sentencing data, we compared the proportion of females and males who proceeded to court action once charged with a sexual offence and, separately, the severity of sentencing handed down to both genders. In terms of police decision-making processes, compared to males, a smaller proportion of females proceeded to “court action” for their offences. Furthermore, the severity of sentences handed down to males was greater than those handed down to females, both generally and when the sexual offence could be directly matched. These findings are discussed in the context of gender differences in how these crimes are processed and implications for justice, intervention, and community safety.
Data Summary: Child Sexual Abuse
This data summary is one of six produced by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse NZFVC in 2017. The other five data summaries are concerned with Family Violence Deaths, Violence Against Women, Children and Youth Affected by Family Violence, Adult Sexual Violence, and Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Violence – Perpetration by Gender. This data summary is a collation of publicly available information about sexual abuse and has been sourced from self-report surveys and administrative data sources.
Circumcision: A controversial topic
In response to concerns expressed within our survivor community, and to foster a more informed understanding of male circumcision as it presents in our contemporary society, MSA commissioned the attached literature review titled “Circumcision: A controversial topic.”
This paper also references another discussion on the ethical considerations of circumcision titled “Genital Autonomy and Sexual Wellbeing”, which has been included in our web Research archive to further inform our readers.
US Study Reveals Surprising Results on Female Victimisation of Males
“Unless we uproot the simplistic stereotypes that limit understandings about sexual victimisation, we will not address it accurately, nor will we respond to victims empathically. Those victimised by women are doubly harmed when we fail to treat their abuse as worthy of concern.” …Semple, Flores, Meyer