OTTAWA, Dec. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Men's Project, the only agency in Ontario fully dedicated to providing mental health services for men who suffered sexual abuse as children, says the provincial government should act swiftly and without delay on the inquiry recommendations released today.
"The findings of Inquiry Commissioner Mr. Justice G. Normand Glaude were unequivocal," says Rick Goodwin, Executive Director of The Men's Project. "Men who suffered abuse were poorly served in Ontario."
Mr. Goodwin says it is incumbent on the Ontario government to undertake a strategic directive to establish province-wide treatment services for men who have been sexually abused or assaulted without delay. He says that funding for these services must be permanent and enshrined in the Ministry of the Attorney General.
"One in six males will be sexually victimized by the age of eighteen," says Goodwin. "There are many thousands of men in Ontario who are hurting, but only a few of us see them and bear witness to their pain."
Mr. Goodwin says, up until the establishment of dedicated men's trauma services, very few men speak out about their needs or seek help. He says The Men's Project official standing at the Cornwall Public Inquiry was an opportunity to be their voice until a dedicated service for them is established.
The Men's Project believes it is an opportune time for the Ontario Government to right a long standing wrong and implement dedicated victim treatment services for men so that healing and reconciliation can finally come to pass.
(Editor's Note: The Men's Project is a not-for-profit men's counselling agency operating in both Ottawa and Cornwall, providing services to men and their families since 1997. It is the only centre of its kind funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General. It provides mental health services for men who have suffered childhood sexual and physical abuse.)
SOURCE The Men's Project
For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW, Executive Director, the Men's Project, Media Use Only: Cell: (613) 277-7021, www.themensproject.ca