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SAMSN: Survivors And Mates Support Network

Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN) is a not-for-profit organisation working to increase public awareness of the effects that childhood sexual abuse can have on men in their adult lives. SAMSN employs psychologists and social workers who have experience working with male survivors to facilitate support groups for men, their families and supporters.



Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN) was founded in 2010 by a small group of male survivors of child sexual assault. SAMSN provides support groups and workshops for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families.

Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse

Male victims of childhood sexual abuse may frequently experience feelings of helplessness, shame and guilt for what happened to them when they were young. Research shows that men can wait many years before telling anybody of the abuse. Some men feel a sense of loss or confusion regarding their confidence, masculinity or sexuality and may have trust issues.

There are a few ways to deal with the experiences and move beyond childhood sexual abuse:

  • reading about childhood sexual abuse
  • seeking support from a qualified and experienced therapist
  • talking to other males who have been through a similar experience, in a safe environment
  • participating in SAMSN groups which builds confidence, improves relationships and enables more engaged parenting.

Resources Available

  • Child Sex Abuse: Father's Testimony Brings Room To Tears

    An article in the Sydney Morning Herald (24/2/15) by SAMSN co-founder Craig Hughes-Cashmore about the child sex abuse at the Knox Grammar School.

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  • It's Not Your Fault

    Men talk about living beyond the effects of sexual abuse. A booklet by Relationships Australia, Respond SA Program. (PDF, 2MB)

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  • Who Can A Man Tell?

    Information for men who were sexually assaulted as children, their parents, spouses and friends. NSW Health ECAV (PDF, 2MB)

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  • The Long-Term Effects Of Child Sexual Abuse

    This paper reviews recent Australian and international research on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse. It aims to assist practitioners and policy-makers who work with survivors of sexual abuse and their families to understand the significant findings from this large and sometimes complex body of research.(PDF, 507.53KB)

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