In episode 133 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with Michael from Silenced by Stigma.
Silenced by Stigma supports male survivors of sexual and domestic abuse by advocating for awareness of sexual violence, providing critically needed resources for victims and their loved ones and offering prevention and training programs to allied organisations.
Silenced by Stigma offers voice to the voiceless & helps ignored victims stand up and speak out.
In this episode we discuss how and why Michael decided to start the platform and the podcast, the research and statistics in male victim-survivors of sexual abuse and the ambitions he has to change the conversation around sexual abuse and consent laws.
We also discuss Michael’s own experience of childhood sexual abuse. Michael was sexually abused as a child and adolescent by two female perpetrators.
We explore the events surrounding the two periods of abuse, how he tried to get justice for one of them and failed due to being let down by the justice system and the taboos and misconceptions around female sexual abuse perpetrators.
As always, #itsokaytovent
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TRIGGER WARNING: This podcast contains deep and detailed discussions about suicide and sexual abuse, which some listeners may find extremely upsetting or distressing, so please listen with caution.