One in six men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, and most of them will never access healing services to assist in their recovery from this trauma. Over 30 years ago a group came together to promote healing and recovery for male survivors of sexual violence. What started as a one day conference eventually evolved into what is now called a "Weekend of Recovery," an opportunity for male identified survivors to come together in their healing journey, guided by a group of licensed therapists over a three day weekend retreat. Today, these weekend retreats are offered through the organization Men Healing.
According to the Men Healing website, "The Weekend of Recovery program will introduce you to a variety of approaches for managing emotions and life stressors, as well as promoting relaxation. Everyone will have opportunities to choose how to tell your story – through words, through art, through movement, and/or through music. We’ll also include time for rest and to enjoy the beautiful physical environments that are available at each of our Weekend of Recovery venues. A goal is for all participants to have a range of skills and experiences to take home with them."
Weekends of Recovery are offered in Utah, Ohio, and Washington. Registration is now open for the October 19-21, 2018 retreat in Clinton, Washington. To find more information about registering for a weekend of recovery, and to apply for a scholarship, check out their website at www.menhealing.org.