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Here are some facts and figures regarding male abuse, and I hope that this will help dissolve some misconceptions.

Please have a look at the Male Survivor Website -

I hope this helps with what is the real truth, and to ensure that we don't discriminate against our abused men, who are currently pretty isolated.

Here is some news for Male Survivor from my friend and talented musician Mike Skinner on the topic of Survivorhood -

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter Nov 2010

Our thanks to Alison Rogers for sharing these insightful resources that help create awareness and education regarding concerns around the holidays for those who struggle with PTSD and depression – this information can also help their family and friends.

PTSD and the Holidays -

State of Grace - An Adult Child Abuse Survivor's Guide to the Holidays –

Sometimes just the simple act of sharing your story with someone can be one of the most powerful tools for healing – it is exciting to be able to share some great resources that can help you in that process. Maybe these sources of inspiration can lead you to some of your own ideas to help not only yourself, but to also help others – just as these kind and caring folks and organizations are doing with their respective works and advocacy.

1] Meghan Caughey has founded a new arts organization called VISIONS: A.R.T.- Art for Resilience and Transformation - VISIONS will inspire persons who have lived experience of mental health challenges to create art that expresses their unique stories, creating opportunities to educate, inform, and transform public perception of what it means to have mental health challenges.

You can learn more at -

Meghan recently received “The Howie the Harp Award” at the Alternatives 2010 Annual Conference - “Promoting Wellness Through Social Justice”. This distinguished award is given each year to someone who best exemplifies social change in using the creative arts. Meghan is someone who I not only think of as a ‘Surviving Spirit”, but also a gentle spirit and she gives so much to so many in her creative advocacy efforts - so a well deserved award. You can learn more about the Alternatives Conference at: and “The Howie the Harp Award”

at: - then click on News and Info.

2] Gayle Bluebird who has been ‘in the trenches’ for so long in helping and inspiring so many was also honored recently with a VOICE Award. The VOICE awards are given annually by SAMHSA [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration] to honor movies, TV shows, and stars that portray mental illness in a positive light. They also present six consumer advocate awards. This year Gayle was one of them [and justly so], along with a few others you may know; Laverne Miller, Janet Paleo, Moe Armstrong - who received the Lifetime Achievement Award [way to go Moe!!], Fred Freese, Clarence Jordan and Lorrin Gehring [for the youth award].

I am one of those who Gayle has helped to inspire in my own creative advocacy endeavors; she has been a friend, a peer, mentor and so much more. Please visit the NASMHPD [National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors] website to read her bio and her acceptance speech along with pictures of the event – just scroll down to - Recent updates and Information:

3] Ed Pazicky, Coordinator and Webmaster for Altered States of the Arts – “Promoting Recovery Through Art’ is looking for artists to display their creative efforts at the website - Ed is another one of those caring people who helps so many others, just visit the website to see this in action. He’s also posted Gayle Bluebird’s above mentioned award and information – scroll down to Bluebird’s Words. Please contact Ed at -

4] Corinna West is gathering recovery stories and recovery poems to post on her website for Poetry for Personal Power. Corinna’s words sum it up best – “I would love to feature works from people across the country.” Please contact her at:

Corinna West, MS, CPS Creative Director, Human Hand Wordworks

PO Box 172351, Kansas City, KS 66117 816-392-6074

5] Draw That Beast is an online art project. People are welcome to submit original artwork (drawings, paintings, montages, photos) of how depression visually looks to them. Anyone is welcome to join in; it is not an art competition. If you can't draw, then take a photo or compile some pictures together that have some meaning to you. If words fit best, then that is ok too.

Submit by email:
Submit by post:
Draw that Beast,
PO Box 7043, Watson ACT, AUSTRALIA 2602

6] Christopher De Serres has created a powerful medium for the millions of sexual abuse survivors out there who want to tell their stories - many of whom feel isolated and unable to express the deepest pain in our lives. The “My Name Is Project” is there to provide a survivor a way to express it via video sharing. All of the information and resources to help you in this worthwhile endeavor are posted at –

Chris and his wife Ophelia are also the founders of (Wo)Men Speak Out™ - a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating violence against both genders. They seek to educate both men and women, cultivating healthy relationships and gender equity. Learn more at - Chris also took part in the recent Oprah Winfrey shows about males who were sexually abused as children.

7] Lauren Leigh, mental health activist and founder of “On the Borderline” [and fellow NH resident!!] is looking for your videos about your experiences while living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Please include all of your relevant links in the email – e.g. your You Tube channel, Facebook or Myspace profile, your blog, etc and send to –

To learn more, please visit Lauren’s sites at - and

8] Sharon Wise is now holding first readings for people interested in her hit play, "Meet me on the Moon". She’s looking for two females and one male actor to be a part of this creative effort – so if you are in the Washington, DC area, please contact her at

Skype - 202-460-2753 or by e-mail at -

I have been fortunate to experience Sharon’s powerful dance renditions and her equally impressive art creations, so I can’t wait to see this play.

9] Kate Swift’s book - “This Tangled Web” is one woman’s journey from victim to survivor. It is the untangling of a web created by the pain of childhood sexual abuse. The author brings you to the center of the web through her poetry and art, allowing you to see the journey through her eyes.

10] Chipmunka Publishing’s catalog of mental health books gives a voice to writers with mental illness around the world. They help to raise awareness of mental health and the stigma surrounding mental health problems by encouraging society to listen. They are offering 45 Free E books to download from their website, learn more at - Click on specials and then e books.

I would like to close by sharing this quote from Albert Einstein - “Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.” I truly believe that all of you who are mentioned in these newsletters and those who graciously receive them exemplify this quote – Thank you for what you do in helping others.

Please keep the Surviving Spirit in mind for your next event when you need a talented and inspirational keynote or workshop presenter. Please visit our Speakers’ Bureau for all of your needs -

You can help the Surviving Spirit in its Mission to help others with your Time, Treasure or Talent. To learn more please visit -

Take care, Mike

ps. Please share this with your friends & if you have received this in error, please let me know.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

A diagnosis is not a destiny.

www.survivingspirit.comHealing the Heart Through the Creative Arts

Speakers’ Bureau - - Hope, Healing, & Help for Trauma, Abuse, & Mental Health through music, resources, & advocacy Facebook - for friends, music, & advocacy!!

Mike Skinner

"BE the change you want to see in the world." Mohandas Gandhi

Please don't forget to sign the Sean's Voice Petition to ensure that our guys who are enduring and suffering abuse issues can get access to emergency shelter, support, and services to overcome and become the survivors we all need to be. Please click this link:

Thank you for your continued support!

Lika & YVI
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Posted: Dec 3, 2010 1:03am
Dec 1, 2010

The P. Luna Foundation, a California 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization is proud to present the

3rd Annual Male Abuse Awareness Week Campaign, December 1st through 8th, 2010!

This is an important awareness campaign to encourage young males who are victims and survivors of abuse to seek help before they grow up to become the abusers. We also provide men of all ages a huge list of help resources and communities. This is how we can all help stop many cases of child abuse, domestic violence, drug addiction and suicide before they start.

Oprah Winfrey embraced this cause last month with a landmark double episode where 200 sexually abused men came forward. Of the 200 men that showed up, 80% had admitted to contemplating suicide because they were not able to come out about their past abuse and seek help. The taboo of this cause has to end!

To learn more about this year’s 2010 campaign, check out this video?

Or, see the Official Male Abuse Awareness Web Site:

The PLF's founder, Petra Luna, and Lisa from Power Of Mind Online Counseling, will be on the Internet talk radio show, "Current Events with Patrick Cook"!

They will be discussing Male Abuse Awareness Week Sunday, December 5th, at 4PM CST and 2PM PST (U. Click here to tune in or download;

Patrick’s blog:

Lisa’s video:

Other MAAWeek activities are being held by foundation volunteers!

A Male Abuse Benefit event in NYC by volunteer Justine;

December 03, 7-9PM, Space on White, 81 White St, Studio 4 New York, NY 10013

A TV appearance in Georgia by volunteer Darrell;

A male survivor will be discussing the MAAWeek campaign, Dec 7th at 8:30 am, on WCAG TV-33.

To see our wildly popular Annual Slide Show Video for 2010, with beautiful ladies supporting the cause;

Thanks ladies!

We also want to thank volunteers Ange and Don for the great graphic images that were created for the 2010 campaign.

THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED for our families, communities and future.

Any helpful donations and/or ideas for the annual campaign are welcome. You can also help by forwarding this email to the people on your email list.

Or, click the “Like” us button on Facebook @


Barbara Ochoa aka Petra Luna

Executive Director, P. Luna Foundation

Leader of the War On Abuse Movement



Please continue to sign the Sean's Voice Petition, sponsored by Youth Voice Initiative, to ensure that our abused men get equity in emergency shelter, support and services to become survivors in the community. Here is the link:

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Posted: Dec 1, 2010 5:16pm
Jun 13, 2010
This isn't a new story, but it's an important one to get out.  A teenager was forced to apologize to her church!!  I find this to be an outrage that even in this day and age, that people are still blaming the victim.

These situations are part of exactly why we need and please sign the federal and the state

Sex abuse can be more traumatic for men.  Please also sign the petition for our unacknowledged survivors of abuse,  It is hard enough being a victim, especially when you have no where else to go.

Thank you for your support.

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Posted: Jun 13, 2010 12:24am
Oct 1, 2007

It is INSANE that the United States, which believes itself to be one of the most sophisticated, protective countries in the world, would not pass nationwide legislation to protect our children!! It is inconceivable why anyone would harm, rape, or murder children, and it happens every day !!  Strict legislation will stop this!! Show care for the children, legislators - before it's too late. Please help us in this fight to stop the ISP owners that allow predators and pedophiles to stalk and find our innocent children and then take pictures ,share information on where they can be found. Please sign for the children, thank you. PL

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Oct 1, 2007
Hello.. My name is cheryl and I am inviting you to join our group to fight for the rights of all of our children to live in a safe childhood with out the problem of online predaters and pedophiles who want to sexually abuse and kill the children. we have a new purposal called aprilslaw. if you don;t mind getting in the ditches for children. join @  send email to  thank you. grace n
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