What's New? Update – January 10, 2003

Happy New Year to all. Let us hope that 2003 brings peace to the world, justice and healing to all survivors, and compassionate wisdom to those in power.

I am in the midst of working on the revised edition of Victims No Longer. The deadline is March 1st for a projected publication date in early 2004. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since it’s original release. Since this work is so demanding of my time, this message will be relatively brief – limited to a few New Year’s recommendations:

For professionals working in the area of male sexual abuse recovery (or any professional interested in the subject) I highly recommend Josef Spiegel’s excellent forthcoming book, Sexual Abuse of Males. It offers an impressive review of the biological, psychological and sociological research as well as a compassionate approach to treatment issues.

Richard Hoffman has released a powerful book of poetry, Without Paradise. For more information, you can link directly to Richard’s web site from this one.

I was impressed by Syl Jones’ book Rescuing Little Roundhead (published by Milkweed Editions in Minnesota). It is a well-written work about an African-American male survivor.

Vicki Polin is the driving force behind The Awareness Center, which addresses sexual victimization within Jewish Communities, and offers resources for Jewish survivors. They are preparing a new web site at www.TheAwarenessCenter.org If you can’t wait until it is ready, try the old URL at http://hometown.aol.com/vickipolin/

For anyone who wants to see an amazing tribute to the human spirit, I highly recommend the Australian film “Rabbit Proof Fence”. This tale of three young Aboriginal girls, part of the “Stolen Generations” is not easy to watch (and I don’t recommend seeing it alone), but I can’t imagine that anyone with a heart and soul could fail to be moved by it.

Some other web sites you may find useful (I haven’t had time to update the links) include:

Survivors of Spiritual Abuse (SOSA) at http://www.sosa.org/

The Bright Side- Wings of Support http:http://www.the-bright-side.org is a non-profit organization offering services to anyone suffering from a mental disorder, depression, or a crisis situation. TBS is entirely run by volunteers and all services are free.

A number of New Englanders who are active in sexual abuse recovery issues, including Robin Moulds, Richard Hoffman, Thom Harrigan and myself, will be offering workshops at the True Colors Conference (on issues of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth) which will be held at The University of Hartford (CT) March 21-22, 2003. For further information, contact Robin McHaelen at rpassariello@snet.net.

That’s all for now. Wish me luck on the writing.

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