Tairawhiti stories for Tairawhiti tane

RESEARCHERS say there is a need for a national website where male survivors of sexual abuse, their whanau and friends can tap into information, services and self-help resources . . . and that is where Male Survivors Aotearoa can help.

The need was noted in the Ministry of Social Development-commissioned 2019 report, What Is Known About Effective Recovery Services For Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused? An Evidence Review.

And the researchers also noted the importance of both regional and culturally-appropriate services, which is why Te Hokai: Male Survivors Tairawhiti has boosted its own site with content relevant to te tane Tairawhiti.

As well as making sure whanau know how to find Te Hokai, the website tells them about the background to the service, and what to expect if they choose to make contact.

Even if they don’t, the website has stories and information they might find useful on their own journeys.

As part of their support for us MSA set up this great website but their intent was always for us to refine it for a local audience, says Tim Marshall, trustee of Te Hokai parent body Tauawhi Trust.

We are mindful that Tairawhiti is a unique place and are determined that our men should know this service is not generic . . . it is especially for them.

That is why we have invested the time in compiling this content, to complement the on-the-ground services of our peer support worker.

– Te Hokai: Male Survivors Tairawhiti
–  Male Survivors Aotearoa website malesurvivor.nz