The SSI Conference

November 5-10th 2017

The 2017 Programme

The schedule may be subject to change, depending on the circumstances.

Our Voices : Survivor Only Day, Sunday 5th Nov, Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam St

A chance to explore and develop ideas to be taken forward to the SSI 2017 conference.

Facilitated by Ken Clearwater, National Advocate and Paul Dempsey, Field Worker; Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust.

9.00am Welcome, guidelines and outline of the day | Introductions

10.30am Break

11.00am Workshop“What worked in your healing process and what didn’t?”

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Workshop“What would you like to tell professionals, therapists etc.?”

3.00pm Break

3.30pm Workshop | “What would you like to tell Government Departments, UN, International NGOs, donors (funders), researchers and others in positions of power?”

5.00pm Close

All written work will be on display (anonymously) at the SSI 2017 Venue.

Day 1 : Monday 6th November

8.30am Powhiri | Official Maori welcome to SSI 2017.

9.15am Welcome | Christchurch Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner.

9.30am Opening address and welcome | Representative from Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC); NZ.

9.45am Break

10.15am Opening Keynote | Ta (Sir) Mark Solomon, Former Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) Ngai Tahu (South Island Tribe); NZ. In 2015 Ta Mark was instrumental in helping to expose sexual abuse within his whanau and start dialogue to breakdown the culture of silence. 

10.45am KeynoteKaupapa of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust. Ken Clearwater, MSSAT Aotearoa / ANZ; NZ. Ken will outline the model and work that makes the work successful. 

11.30am Keynote | History of South-South Institute. Dr Chris Dolan, Founder SSI / Director Refugee Law Project; Uganda. The road between Kampala, Uganda 2013 and Christchurch, NZ 2017.

12.15pm Lunch

1.00pm Workshop | New Zealand’s unique system – ACC – How we support survivors of sexual abuse. Selena Dominguez, Sensitive Claims Unit Portfolio Manager, ACC; NZ. The journey to getting it right, how we designed, transformed and proactively engaged to develop the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims (ISSC). 

1.30pm Keynote | Ngā Tongia Te Kakano O Te Haa’ (planting the seeds of change) – Resource for the Prevention of Sexual Violence by Whānau for Whānau. Tania Mataki, Manager, Te Puna Oranga (Indigenous Model); NZ. The presentation will showcase a resource that supports sexual violence prevention among indigenous people.

2.30pm Panel Session | NZ Research
Shame and dissociation in those exposed to child maltreatment: Implications for male survivors of sexual abuse. Dr Martin Dorahy, Clinical Psychologist and Professor, University of Canterbury; NZ. Examines the centrality of shame and dissociation as chronic features of the response to childhood maltreatment, especially childhood sexual abuse.

Male childhood sexual abuse; impact and therapeutic needs. Dr Tess Patterson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological Medicine and Dr Charlene Rapsey, Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago; NZ. The presentation is based on two qualitative studies that interviewed survivors of male childhood sexual abuse.

Moving from Te Po (Night) and into Te Ao (Light); An Indigenous Framework to support Maori males who have been sexually abused in New Zealand. Alexander Stevens II, counsellor and addictions clinician; NZ. Alexander will be speaking about Maori men sexually violated in childhood. 

4.00pm Break

4.30pm Keynote | The Challenge of Developing Responses for Men who have been Subjected to Sexual Violence. Dr. Gary Foster, Founder/Manager of Living Well, Brisbane and Patrick O’Leary, Professor of Social Work at Griffith University, Queensland; Australia. This address will detail and examine current knowledge and understanding of men’s experiences and responses to sexual violence and the challenges and opportunities in developing effective service initiatives.

5.30pm Closing for the day

6.30pm Opening of the Bristlecone Project, Canterbury Museum, by Ta Mark Solomon. David Lisak, photographer and founder of  1in6, USA. Photos and stories of New Zealand survivors on display at the Canterbury Museum for four months.

Exhibition on display in Te Puna Wanaka, Ara Institute of CanterburyPain in Beauty. Maria Dolan, artist. Combines graphics and texts to bring out the way in which the painful experiences of male survivors disappear into the fabric of everyday life, even when clearly stated.

Day 2 : Tuesday 7th November

8.30am Day’s proceedings

8.45am Keynote | Whanau Ora: Restoring whanau (family) who have perpetrated sexual violence & working with their own victimisation. Joy Te Wiata & Russell Smith, co-founders, Korowai Tumanako, NZ. Working with people who perpetrate sexual violence has its therapeutic complexities. Working with survivors of sexual violence whom have also perpetrated sexual violence adds to these therapeutic complexities. Whanau ora is a therapeutic invitation that encompasses all these complexities in a way that supports the wellbeing of people moving them forward toward a life that prevents further harm to others and self.

9.45am Keynote | A Sporting Chance; Supporting Men in Fall-Out of the UK Football Scandal. Duncan Craig, Founder and Chief Executive of Manchester Survivors; UK. In November 2016, an ex-professional player spoke out publicly about the sexual abuse he experienced in his youth at the hands of a professional football coach.

10.45am Break

11.15am Workshops

Sexual abuse of African American males. Rommell Washington, Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, Crime Victims Treatment Center, NY. Rommell will be speaking about sexual abuse of African American males.

The effects of unresolved trauma on the symptom burden of men approaching death. Andrew Mai, Assistant Professor University of Ottawa; Canada. Participants will gain a clearer understanding of how remote trauma can impact men at the end of life underscoring the importance of effectively dealing with trauma so that this impact on suffering can be minimized.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Clergy Sexual Abuse; A Norwegian Perspective. Torjbørn Andersen, Professional social worker and University Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences (MH); Norway. The presentation investigates the importance of contextual factors when it comes to understanding and dealing with sexual abuse of males. 

Identification of Survivors…The struggle to identify survivors early: Lessons from Uganda on the systematic identification of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence living in humanitarian settings. Dr Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project in Uganda, Onen David, Programme Manager of RLP’s Gender & Sexuality Programme and Moninga Aime, President of the Men of Hope Refugee Association; Uganda. Mainstream humanitarian thinking argues that rather than identify survivors of conflict-related sexual violence we should simply assume their existence and programme accordingly. This puts the onus on survivors to disclose, resulting in serious under-reporting and misallocation of resources. 

12.15pm Lunch

1.15pm Panel Session  | Global realities of sexual abuse of Indigenous people
Albert Pooley, (Native American). Founder & President of Native American Fatherhood & Families Association; USA. The issues faced by Native American survivors of sexual abuse.

Graham Jobson, (First Nations Canadian). An addiction and trauma focused worker, educator, workshop/group facilitator. Graham will be talking about the variables standing in the way of disclosure.

Anthony Natjul, (Aboriginal Australian). Owner and principle facilitator of Natjul Indigenous Performing Arts. A presentation on the issues and difficulties for male indigenous Australians who are victims of sexual abuse.

Danial Mataki, (Maori Aotearoa New Zealand). Based at Te Puna Oranga, Daniel is a specialist in whanau ora (family) violence intervention and prevention. He will talk about what help is available and how Maori males can keep their Mana and seek help in their healing.

3.45pm Break

4.15pm Workshops
Specialist Service to Address Sexual Abuse Harm. Fiona Landon, Senior Restorative Justice Facilitator – North Island, Project Restore, Colin Elliott, facilitator, Project Restore and founding trustee of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Aotearoa, Bernard Smith, Offender Specialist – South Island, Project Restore; NZ. This workshop will present the legal situation in NZ regarding restorative justice focusing on our work with male survivors and our survivor driven approach.

The Sexual Exploitation of Boys in Asia: From the Offline to the Online World. Alastair Hilton, Technical Advisor in the Asia region, Terre des Hommes (Netherlands) on commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Founder of First Step Cambodia (FSC) – the country’s first specialist service for boys and young men and co – founder of The South-South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys (SSI in 2013 in Kampala. Hosted the SSI in 2015 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia). Alastair will share emerging findings from across Asia related to boys who experience sexual abuse and exploitation in various forms both offline and online, and shed light on how new technologies are used by those that seek to exploit and abuse children.

Where’s Harry? Philip Chapman, health promoter with Public Health, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, manager of Male Room, Nelson, and Chairman of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Aotearoa; New Zealand. David Mitchell is a lecturer, School of Health, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and an independent researcher;NZThe workshop uses a case study approach in examining the responsiveness of services in supporting men. The workshop will also explore opportunities that exist to redefine and strengthen these same services.

Fatherhood is Sacred: Motherhood is Sacred. Albert Pooley, Author, President/Founder, MSW, MPA. Founder & President of Native American Fatherhood & Families Association; USA. This workshop describes the innovative and culturally sensitive ways in which NAFFA addresses the issues facing fathers and mothers today.

5.15pm Keynote | Balance: How a NY City Prosecutor went after the offender who molested him as a teen and was then recruited to be an FBI Profiler and Expert Witness. Jim Clemente, Retired FBI, writer/producer Criminal Minds; USA.

6.15pm Break

7pm Movie |  Profiler, Profiled & Restoration (43-minute Criminal Minds show). With introduction by Jim Clemente, Retired FBI, writer/producer Criminal Minds; USA. Jim Clemente wrote a series of Criminal Minds episodes about male sexual victimization (based on his story) that have been seen by over 60 Million Viewers Worldwide.  In this series, Shemar Moore plays FBI Profiler Derrick Morgan who has a secret that has been haunting him. A secret that he is desperate to keep to himself. His Team comes to his rescue and begins to delve into his life and they find, for some reason, he is hiding something from his past. Though he doesn’t want his colleagues to know he finally tells his boss he was molested by the guy who ran the youth centre.

Day 3 : Wednesday 8th November

8.30am Day’s proceedings

8.45am Panel SessionSuccess and failures of official responses to institutional abuse moving forward.

Historical institutional abuse of children in state care in Australia. Gary Foster, Advisor Australian Royal Commission; Australia.

Speaking about her role as Chair of the service, which was created because NZ did not have a Royal Commission. Judge Carolyn Henwood, Chair, Confidential Listening and Assistance Service; NZ.

The struggles to get NZ to hold a Royal Commission, 2004 – present day. Ken Clearwater, National Advocate MSSAT Aotearoa; NZ.

Historical sexual abuse of children in football clubs in UK. Duncan Craig, Psychotherapist and consultant. Founder and Chief Executive of Survivors Manchester; UK.

10.45am Break

11.15am KeynoteJourney of a male survivor. Norm Hewitt, former All Black (National Rugby Team), Motivator, Facilitator, Trainer, Mentor; NZ. In NZ culture it is hard to be a male and speak out about abuse. Norm will talk about living with the silence and confusion, learning how to speak out and become a role model.

12.15pm Lunch

1.00pm Keynote | Boys and young men as victim/survivors of organised child exploitation and access to Justice. Kate Richardson, Kate is an acknowledged global specialist on child protection and disability and was the Chair of the United Nations Global Partnership task force on child protection and children with disabilities; UK. What is known about the involvement of boys and young men as victims and survivors of organised child sexual exploitation (CSE)? What is meant by the term organised CSE? What is known about assisting boys and young men in making complaints to law enforcement and enhancing their ability to access justice?

2.00pm Break

3.00pm SSI DinnerKo Tane Maori Experience, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. 

Cultural performance and meal at 60 Hussey Road, Harewood; http://www.kotane.co.nz/ 

Day 4 : Thursday 9th November

8.30am Day’s proceedings

8.45am KeynoteWhat psychiatrists know and what they don’t know about male victim/survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Dr Werner Tschan, author and practising psychatrist in Basel; Switzerland. Data on the prevalence of sexual violence against male victims, causation and the resulting trauma spectrum disorders clearly indicate the pressing need to educate health care professionals about this matter.

9.45am Workshops

Male survivors of female sexual perpetrators. Endre Førland, therapist and registered nurse with 19 years of experience working with sexually abused men; Norway.

How should the sexual exploitation of boys be contextualized within the wider issue of sexual violence and abuse? Mark Capaldi, Head of Research and Policy at ECPAT International; Thailand.An immediate challenge is how the issue is framed with a focus on addressing gender based violence which often labels boys simplistically as ‘mini-men’ and as either being somehow responsible for their exploitation or as potential perpetrators of sexual violence.

Work done by START with boys who have experienced sexual violence. Maggy Tai Rakena, Manager; Catherine Gallagher, Clinical Practice Manager; Marcel van der Weerden, Counsellor and Mike Jillings, Counsellor/Social Worker, START; NZ. START’s presentation will explore the approaches that they have found effective in working with younger age groups, both in the therapy room & outside of it. They will also highlight some of the systemic interventions that support this work to be effective.

Sexual Violence in Prisons in South Africa. Rees Mann, founder SAMSOSA (South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse); South Africa.This workshop will look at the training ‘Just Detention’ South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse developed for counsellors who worked within the prison system.

10.45am Break

11.45am Keynote | Mind the Gap. Jarrett Davis, independent social researcher and consultant specializing in gender, exploitation and violence, Phnom Penh; Cambodia. Focusing on the gaps in present research and population data and will explore how hidden biases in both the research (and respondents) effectively make males invisible.

12.45pm Lunch

1.45pm Keynote | Male Victims and Female Perpetrators. Lara Stemple, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs at UCLA School of Law, Director of the Health and Human Rights Law Project, UCLA; USA. New studies using U.S. federal agency data challenge assumptions that men are rarely victims and women are rarely perpetrators of sexual victimization. This talk explores the latest data, challenges stereotypes, and proposes strategies for messaging and advocacy. 

2.45pm Workshops
Situation of BOYS Sexual Exploitation in Nepal. Kabita Shah, psychosocial counsellor and trainer, also a child rights activist and Sunil Sainju, Program Advisor of Geneva Global (implanting partner of the Freedom Fund); Nepal. Conservative nature of Nepalese society and acceptance of child labor due to poor socio-cultural practices, children are easily engages in any form of labors. Lack of awareness on boys in sexual exploitation and considering it as taboos this phenomenon is largely hidden and unrecognized allowing abusers to victimize.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour. Socheat Nong, the key point of contact for Cambodian migrant workers and victims of trafficking, with Issara’s Strategic Partners and with Cambodian migrant communities throughout Thailand, and Jarrett Davis, an independent social researcher and consultant specializing in gender, exploitation, and violence; Cambodia. This workshop will share findings from the first research of any kind in Cambodia to explore the hidden and often misunderstood issue of ‘harmful sexual behaviors’ among children.

The Survivor-led Activism of Male Refugee Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: A Reflection on Key Initiatives, Achievements, Challenges and Lessons. Onen David, Programme Manager of RLP’s Gender & Sexuality Programme, Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project and Moninga Aime, President of the ‘Men of Hope Refugee Association’; Uganda. This workshop will be particularly relevant to those wishing to work with survivors in humanitarian settings, and also of interest to those with little or no knowledge of conflict-related sexual violence affects men and boys. It is also of relevance to those working in non-conflict settings that nonetheless host refugees from the world’s conflict zones.

Two Medicines: The Intersection between Aboriginal and Western Approaches in Addressing Men’s Healing. Graham Jobson, Addiction & trauma focused counsellor, educator, workshop/group facilitator and Rick Goodwin, author, facilitator, trainer and 20 years of focus on male sexual trauma recovery – managing both regional and national initiatives; Canada. The focus will be pathogenic effects of secrets and lies necessary to keep secrets.

3.45pm Break

4.15pm Keynote | Shame, guilt and working effectively with non-heterosexual men. Anne Nicholson, Education Co-ordinator for Q-topia; and has worked with organisations for 3 years to develop safe spaces in New Zealand, and Mike Lew, Psychotherapist, counsellor, author, director and leading expert on recovery from sexual child abuse, particularly issues of male survivors; USA. For men who are non-heterosexual and have been victims of sexual abuse there can be complex and significant issues around social acceptance and shame. We will explore these issues and look at what your organization can do to be an accepting environment for all men.

5.15pm Closing of the day

6.00pm Ear acupuncture available by Rommell Washington, USA

Day 5 : Friday 10th November

8.30am Day’s proceedings

8.45am Keynote | Colonization and the conditions for sexual violence. Dr John Reid, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury’s Ngai Tahu Research Centre; NZ. Colonization attacks indigenous male identity and sexuality, undermining personal dignity and disrupting important Māori male roles within whanau (families) and community. When combined with alienation and poverty, these conditions are correlated with sexual violence against males and other social ills. Learning from traditional structures may provide an avenue to meet unmet needs.

9.45am Workshops
Secret and Lies around trauma. Naoko Mijyaji, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and a Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology; Japan. Based on Naoko’s ring-shaped island model, we will discuss unspoken aspects of trauma, especially socially-tabooed one. 

How depression conspires with the effect of trauma in people’s lives. Bryon Cope, Facilitator, Depression Support Network, NZ. Bryon will draw from his work as a Depression Support facilitator in Canterbury.  Bryon has been fortunate enough to learn about his own depression and how it manifests in his life. Bryon’s workshop will ask “Why do we sometimes end up where we don’t want to be?” and it will look at how understanding depression can help us make different choices, communicate differently with ourselves, and others. And move forward with a greater understanding of ourselves and some of the choices made.

Working in partnership to insure quality service is provided for male survivors of sexual violence. Mereana White, Senior Advisor, Service Design and Innovation at Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Talking about how the Ministry had adopted a co-development approach with providers to the development of services for male survivors of sexual abuse and how this approach fits into the Government’s broader family violence and sexual violence work program, and results focused approach to social services. This workshop also includes Sexual Violence Prevention. Becca Barrow, Injury Prevention Specialist and Anna Hamilton, Sexual Violence Sector Liaison Advisor, both with the Violence Prevention Portfolio at ACC; NZ. Utilising the experience of the conference participants to determine effective and innovative interventions for primary prevention of sexual abuse of men and boys. 

Education to prevent sexual violence. Fiona McNamara, advocate, consultant and General Manger for Sexual Abuse Prevention Network; NZ. Fiona will present on primary prevention education in Aotearoa New Zealand, focusing on Sexual Abuse Prevention Network projects. She will talk about the network’s core value of engaging young men in sexual violence prevention and how they do this in their education programmes.

10.45am Break

11.15am Keynote | What It Takes: Building and Sustaining an Organization for Male Survivors. David Lisak, Researcher and Forensic Consultant who for 27 years has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence.He is the Board President and a founding board member of 1in6, Inc.; & Rick Goodwin, Founder and Clinical director of Men and Healing, Ottawa; Canada. Organizations that provide healing and advocacy for men do not spontaneously pop into existence simply because there is a need, nor can they survive on good intentions. The vital components, opportunities and pitfalls of this movement will be explored in this candid exploration of a combined 50 years of experience.

12.15pm Lunch

1.15am Keynote | Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church past, present and future. Bill Kilgallon, Director of the National Office for Professionals Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand. Bill will give a national and international perspective on the issue.

2.15pm KeynoteWhere is the male survivor movement today? Mike Lew, Psychotherapist and author of the first book for and about male survivors (1988), Victims No Longer.

3pm Closing Notes | Where to from here? Facilitated by Leigh Kennedy. An interactive workshop selecting the priorities and ensuring the recommendations are agreed to by the attendees of SSI 2017.

4pm Poroporoaki | Farewell.