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  • Unregistered's Avatar
    04-19-2018, 07:35 AM
    Unregistered started a thread Male survivors? in Public Forum
    Hello, I am looking for a forum for male survivors to share in positive & supportive conversations. Does Fort Refuge offer this? I am a survivor of different types of abuse & would like to engage in conversations in which I donít feel like an alien, with other people who are trying to live the best life that they can, & who are trying to make peace with a past they cannot change. Or at least accept that things have occurred which, unfortunately, canít be changed or, even better, erased. Okay, the first time that I tried to submit this message, the site said my post had to be at least 400 words in length or I wouldnít be able to post it. I think Iíve written 400 words now, so I hope to hear back from someone soon, so I can find a place to speak with my peers. Thank you.
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  • Jane's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    Jane replied to a thread Male survivors? in Public Forum
    Hi unregistered - good you are taking your time to decide whether or not to join us. No pressure but thought I would share a little more information. :bee As you may have worked out we are a diverse community - we like it way cuz despite some of the misinformation out their abuse is not limited to one group with within society, women, men, LGBT all can be and are targets of this not ok attention...just as perpetrators come in all genders. We currently have more females registered as members (fact is it is often harder for a variety of reasons for men to reach out for support - greater likelihood they will not be believed, they feel as men (stronger sex!!!) they should be able to cope protect themselves and more- we do not in any way support these unhelpful myths and feel men have as much need and right to seek support (including being welcomed to join peer to peer support groups like Fort). You mention you are not necessarily a talker...some of our other members are not either - Basically we provide a platform for survivors to use to get support as they work on their individual healing journeys. Some of our members find it helps them to visit pretty regularly. Others only come for a time or two or slip in when they feel the need. Some members find it helpful to come here to access our articles and other resources - others like to start and join in conversations on issues that they are facing as they work on their healing. Bottom line is - it is fine to be yourself use Fort in a way that works for you...only boundary is that you read and operate within out guidelines (link in the header). Reading your comment about exercise being a sanity saver for you I smiled and thought 'yes indeed' idk about you, but I find it hard to sweat stuff when I am pounding the pavement - think there is research supporting the link between exercise and mental health :lol if there isn't reckon there should be.:clol Hope my extra 2 cents worth is helpful :pg
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