Welcome From Howard


Welcome to my website! I hope you will find inspiration, hope and healing here! I have devoted my career and my life to helping others, and I hope in the words, articles, interviews and links provided here, you will find help for yourself too. What I know to be true is that healing from sexual victimization, no matter what age it started or ended, is absolutely possible and achievable!

The pictures on these pages represent some of my favorite views from the beautiful places where we have hosted MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery.  I hope to meet some of you at a future Weekend!

New interview with NY Times Columnist Charles Blow


Charles Blow was interviewed today on Huff Post Live about his new memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones…thank you Charles for your willingness to courageously share the abuse done to you, your struggles as an African-American man to overcome our society’s significant blocks to men being free to be themselves including being free to be fluid in our sexuality and sexual orientation, and your struggles with depression, suicidality and rage.

I look forward to reading your book!


Great new article on Why are we indifferent to male rape victims?


This is an excellent article that covers many of the points I make in Joining Forces regarding the problems men face in being able to publicly admit they have been abused/raped.  The author is right: We as a society must do better to acknowledge that men and women get sexually victimized, raped, and violated…and by men and by women offenders.

Why it is never okay to hit a child…

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I wanted to share the following that was just published today on the Good Men Project. I hope it may be helpful to anyone who finds themselves with an opportunity to talk about child abuse in the wake of the Adrian Peterson arrest last week.  Please feel free to comment and share widely.
Many thanks as always for all that you do.

When discussing child abuse people are often quick to agree that it’s wrong. But it is also important to make sure we explain why physically striking a child is simply, fundamentally, and ethically wrong. That is not something I have heard very often in the public comments by other athletes and NFL officials. It is also important to recognize that raising attention to child abuse in this way does not detract from the important and necessary discussions that continue to happen with regards to domestic violence and the issues brought up by the Ray Rice suspension. Most forms of interpersonal violence have their root in trauma to one degree or another, and by talking about one form of IPV, we necessarily bring up issues connected to many others.

If you find yourself being challenged and want to say more about WHY is it never OK to hit a child, here are three significant reasons that we need to make sure get addressed:
1. Hitting children disrupts the natural and necessary attachment process between child and caregiver.
2. Hitting children causes a child to see themselves as powerless, which can be extremely traumatizing in ways that can impact their development significantly.
3. Children who are physically abused are far more likely to be sexually abused, and to experience other forms of maltreatment.
Christopher M. Anderson
Executive Director
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MaleSurvivor’s 14th Int’l Conference 10/31-11/2
Evolution: From Hurting to Healing; 

MaleSurvivor 14th International Conference Oct 31-Nov 2nd

When: View in Calendar » August 27, 2014 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

More than 26 million boys and men in the United States have been, or will be, sexually abused at some point in their lives. Globally, more than 850 million males are estimated to be victims. Healing is possible, but for many survivors hope and support can be hard to find. Without greater awareness of the existence and needs of male survivors, the personal evolution from hurting to healing is made immensely harder.

MaleSurvivor’s 14th International Conference will convene this fall, once again within the New York City metropolitan area. We are expecting hundreds of attendees from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to join together to share their knowledge and support for the work of healing. We encourage survivors, mental health professionals, researchers, academicians and others to join us for more than 40 workshops, presentations, and discussions on the sexual victimization of boys and men.


Dr. Fradkin will be co-presenting an all day workshop for survivors –a Day of Recovery -with the Weekends of Recovery team; co-lead a workshop on offering yourself exquisite compassion with Rob Hawkings; and co-lead a workshop on Lessons learned about the Weekends of Recovery with co-chair, Jim Struve.


For more information and to register for the conference, please visit www.malesurvivor.org

It Happens to Boys Conference

When: View in Calendar » March 6, 2015 – March 8, 2015 (all-day)
Where: The Annenberg at Eisenhower Medical Center, Palm Springs, CA, USA
Contact: Carol Teitelbaum, MFT

I will be featured as one of the keynote speakers at the 7th Annual It Happens to Boys Conference 3/6 &
3/7ay The Annenberg at Eisenhower Medical Center.  I’ll be speaking the morning of 3/6/15.  For more information about the conference, go to www.creativechangeconferences.com

I’ll be joined by Robert Ackerman, Jerry Moe, Harry Haroutunian, Cindy Carter, Leo Booth, Scott Smith, Randy Boyd, David Price, Daniel Marquez, and Carol Teitelbaum!  Please contact:
Carol Teitelbaum, MFT 760-346-4606

Best Clinical Practices for Adult Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse


Very important new article for health care practitioners, as well as male survivors about best practices when you go to the doctors.

The Permanente Journal has just published the  article co-authored by Chris Anderson, Executive Director of MaleSurvivor, along with his friends and colleagues Les Gallo-Silver MSW, LCSW-R and Jaime Romo, Ed.D. The title is “Best Clinical Practices for Male Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: “Do No Harm”


Men Are Raped Almost as Often as Women in America. We Need to Talk About This.

Men Are Raped Almost as Often as Women in America. We Need to Talk About This.

When Men Are Raped
A new study reveals that men are often the victims of sexual assault, and women are often the perpetrators.

By Hanna Rosin

For some kinds of sexual victimization, men and women have roughly equal experiences

Last year the National Crime Victimization Survey turned up a remarkable statistic. In asking 40,000 households about rape and sexual violence, the survey uncovered that 38 percent of incidents were against men. The number seemed so high that it prompted researcher Lara Stemple to call the Bureau of Justice Statistics to see if it maybe it had made a mistake, or changed its terminology. After all, in years past men had accounted for somewhere between 5 and 14 percent of rape and sexual violence victims. But no, it wasn’t a mistake, officials told her, although they couldn’t explain the rise beyond guessing that maybe it had something to do with the publicity surrounding former football coach Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
Hanna Rosin Hanna

Stemple, who works with the Health and Human Rights Project at UCLA, had often wondered whether incidents of sexual violence against men were under-reported. She had once worked on prison reform and knew that jail is a place where sexual violence against men is routine but not counted in the general national statistics. Stemple began digging through existing surveys and discovered that her hunch was correct. The experience of men and women is “a lot closer than any of us would expect,” she says. For some kinds of victimization, men and women have roughly equal experiences. Stemple concluded that we need to “completely rethink our assumptions about sexual victimization,” and especially our fallback model that men are always the perpetrators and women the victims.

Sexual assault is a term that gets refracted through the culture wars, as Slate’s own Emily Bazelon explained in a story about the terminology of rape. Feminists claimed the more legalistic term of sexual assault to put it squarely in the camp of violent crime. Bazelon argues in her story for reclaiming the term rape because of its harsh unflinching sound and its nonlegalistic shock value. But she also allows that rape does not help us grasp crimes outside our limited imagination, particularly crimes against men. She quotes a painful passage from screenwriter and novelist Rafael Yglesias, which is precisely the kind of crime Stemple worries is too foreign and uncomfortable to contemplate.

    I used to say, when some part of me was still ashamed of what had been done to me, that I was “molested” because the man who played skillfully with my 8-year-old penis, who put it in his mouth, who put his lips on mine and tried to push his tongue in as deep as it would go, did not anally rape me. … Instead of delineating what he had done, I chose “molestation” hoping that would convey what had happened to me.

    Of course it doesn’t. For listeners to appreciate and understand what I had endured, I needed to risk that they will gag or rush out of the room. I needed to be particular and clear as to the details so that when I say I was raped people will understand what I truly mean.

For years, the FBI defined forcible rape, for data collecting purposes, as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Eventually localities began to rebel against that limited gender-bound definition; in 2010 Chicago reported 86,767 cases of rape but used its own broader definition, so the FBI left out the Chicago stats. Finally, in 2012, the FBI revised its definition and focused on penetration, with no mention of female (or force).

Data hasn’t been calculated under the new FBI definition yet, but Stemple parses several other national surveys in her new paper, “The Sexual Victimization of Men in America: New Data Challenge Old Assumptions,” co-written with Ilan Meyer and published in the April 17 edition of the American Journal of Public Health. One of those surveys is the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, for which the Centers for Disease Control invented a category of sexual violence called “being made to penetrate.” This definition includes victims who were forced to penetrate someone else with their own body parts, either by physical force or coercion, or when the victim was drunk or high or otherwise unable to consent. When those cases were taken into account, the rates of nonconsensual sexual contact basically equalized, with 1.270 million women and 1.267 million men claiming to be victims of sexual violence.

“Made to penetrate” is an awkward phrase that hasn’t gotten any traction. It’s also something we instinctively don’t associate with sexual assault. But is it possible our instincts are all wrong here? We might assume, for example, that if a man has an erection he must want sex, especially because we assume men are sexually insatiable. But imagine if the same were said about women. The mere presence of physiological symptoms associated with arousal does not in fact indicate actual arousal, much less willing participation. And the high degree of depression and dysfunction among male victims of sexual abuse backs this up. At the very least, the phrase remedies an obvious injustice. Under the old FBI definition, what happened to Rafael Yglesias would only have counted as rape if he’d been an 8-year-old girl. Accepting the term “made to penetrate” helps us understand that trauma comes in all forms.

So why are men suddenly showing up as victims? Every comedian has a prison rape joke and prosecutions of sexual crimes against men are still rare. But gender norms are shaking loose in a way that allows men to identify themselves—if the survey is sensitive and specific enough—as vulnerable. A recent analysis of BJS data, for example, turned up that 46 percent of male victims reported a female perpetrator.

The final outrage in Stemple and Meyer’s paper involves inmates, who aren’t counted in the general statistics at all. In the last few years, the BJS did two studies in adult prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. The surveys were excellent because they afforded lots of privacy and asked questions using very specific, informal, and graphic language. (“Did another inmate use physical force to make you give or receive a blow job?”) Those surveys turned up the opposite of what we generally think is true. Women were more likely to be abused by fellow female inmates, and men by guards, and many of those guards were female. For example, of juveniles reporting staff sexual misconduct, 89 percent were boys reporting abuse by a female staff member. In total, inmates reported an astronomical 900,000 incidents of sexual abuse.

Now the question is, in a climate when politicians and the media are finally paying attention to military and campus sexual assault, should these new findings alter our national conversation about rape? Stemple is a longtime feminist who fully understands that men have historically used sexual violence to subjugate women and that in most countries they still do. As she sees it, feminism has fought long and hard to fight rape myths—that if a woman gets raped it’s somehow her fault, that she welcomed it in some way. But the same conversation needs to happen for men. By portraying sexual violence against men as aberrant, we prevent justice and compound the shame. And the conversation about men doesn’t need to shut down the one about women. “Compassion,” she says, “is not a finite resource.”



Huffington Post Live Segment on Male Sexual Victimization and Coercion


Thanks to Huffington Post and host Ricky Camilleri for another important dialog about male sexual victimization.  Special thanks to colleague and friend Michael Skinner and advocate/coach Cory George, and Dr. Bryana French for her important research on sexual coercion among young men.