What's New? Update – April 22, 2003
Normally, this column contains information, suggestions, and resources. Today, I'm also going to make a request - a colleague suggested that it also constitutes an opportunity to help. Here is a copy of a letter that I recently sent out via email. I think it speaks for itself. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
I want to
tell you about someone, and then make a request.
When I was
in Australia last year, I met a man named Ken Hampton. Ken is a 40-year-old
Australian Aborigine who lives in the Central Australian town of Alice
Springs. He is a counselor at an Aboriginal social service agency, an
activist for the rights of indigenous people, a survivor, and a member
of the Stolen Generations (for more information about the Stolen Generations,
see the film Rabbit Proof Fence or look at the National Library of Australia’s
web site, “Bringing Them Home Oral History Project” http://www.nla.gov.au/oh/bth/
with me about generations of abuse and violence inflicted upon his people,
and his dedication to improving life for his “mob” (Aussie
slang for group or people). In a recent e-mail, he wrote, “Australia’s
Stolen Generations and adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
is a bubble that’s about to burst!”
an excerpt from an e-mail message I received from Ken just before last
hard to feel joy at this time of year, as a lot of my mob are coming into
town from remote communities for festive drinking bouts. They turn up
here at work telling about the abuse that still continues out bush. From
babies to 60 year old women (they don’t live past that age) who
have numerous sexually transmitted diseases. I mean babies with gonorrhea!
It makes me so **** angry and sad. Many people are too scared to expose
the abuse happening out there, from fear and threats to their lives.
return to the States, I contacted the Richard Gartner, the President of
MaleSurvivor (formerly NOMSV, the National Organization on Male Sexual
Victimization) and Peter Dimock, chairman of their 2003 Conference. I
suggested that it would be wonderful to bring Ken to Minneapolis in September
for this event. They agreed, and Ken agreed to come.
has set up a travel fund for Ken, accepting TAX DEDUCTIBLE contributions.
Ideally, I would like Ken to be able to do some additional traveling in
the USA, Canada and Great Britain, meeting with other male survivors,
activists, social service workers, and indigenous groups. This fund could
help to provide that opportunity.
It is always
difficult to ask people for money, especially during these hard economic
times. The task is made somewhat easier because I’m not asking for
myself - although I think we all will benefit. Nor am I only asking for
money. I’m also hoping you will offer help and suggestions. If you
know of others who might be interesting in supporting this project - or
if you have fund-raising experience (I don’t) I welcome your help.
If you are
willing and able to make a contribution - any amount will help - send
a check (cheque) made out to: MaleSurvivor with a note that it is for
The Ken Hampton Travel Fund. It should be sent to: Trisha Massa, c/o MaleSurvivor,
5505 Connecticut Avenue, NW #103, Washington, DC 20015.
If you prefer
to pay by credit card (they can only accept VISA, Mastercard or Discover),
send the usual credit card info: name as it appears on the card, billing
address, card number and type, expiration date and the amount to charge
and its purpose: The Ken Hampton Travel Fund.
If you have
questions or wish to send your credit card info via e-mail or fax, here
is the necessary information:
P.S. On a
separate (but not unrelated) topic, there is still some space available
at our annual Men’s Recovery Weekend Workshop in Pennsylvania, May
9-11th. For further information, see our web site: http://www.victimsnolonger.org
or contact Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center: