Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Male Abuse Awareness Week - Press Release #childabuse #MaleAbuseAwarenessWeek



Male Abuse Awareness Week Dec.1-8, 2014 Presents a Brand New help4guys.org Web Site and Information Booth at SFSU on 12/8

This December the P. Luna Foundation will host its Seventh Annual Male Abuse Awareness Week or MAAW.  This program’s main focus is to change the negative social stigma that goes along with the topic of males who are or were victims of sexual or emotional abuse and domestic violence.

San Francisco CA, November 25, 2014

Over the year the nonprofit has closed two of their old sites and condensed them into a brand new help4guys.org (or helpforguys.org) web site with a fresh design and streamlined functions that make it much easier for abused males to find the information, resources and help they need.

As for the annual campaign’s activity, the P. Luna Foundation is taking their message to campus!
San Francisco State University, Cesar Chavez Student Center
1650 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132.

Monday, December 8 from 11:30am to 5:00pm

The charity will have a booth at the University that day passing out cause buttons, posters and information about their message. They also invite students to get in on the conversation by leaving video comments that the charity can use for their 2015 Annual Awareness Video.

The abuse and neglect of children is a terrible tragedy, and the effects on the lives of children, the adults they become and their families, friends and coworkers can be profound.  Males abused as children suffer some unique harms and face special challenges to healing.  Because boys and young men are told by society that they must be strong and brave, they often feel guilty and ashamed about having been abused, dominated and vulnerable.  Male victims are much less likely to tell anyone what happened to them, let alone to seek professional help with healing.  Some get lost in self-destructive behaviors, seeking refuge in alcohol and drug addictions, sexual addictions and even suicide.  Although a minority, some pass on the pain by becoming abusers of their partners or children, perpetuating the cycle of abuse.  This is why the campaign to break male victims’ silence is so important.

According to Executive Director Barbara Ochoa, “Since we started this campaign in 2008 we have found that giving abused males a voice is significantly changing society’s opinion about the topic.  We see every day how more and more men are openly talking about their abuse as well as seeking help.  I just read today how guitar icon Carlos Santana is in the San Francisco Bay area doing appearances to promote his new biography book about his life including his childhood poverty and sexual abuse.  That is a huge win for all abused males!”

The P. Luna Foundation (PLF) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2007.  In addition to the Male Abuse Awareness Week Campaign, we host the premiere portal/online directory of the world’s top services and resources for abused males.   The PLF also has a vibrant volunteer staff who supplements their therapy and healing by working for their cause.  For more information contact Barbara at 818.634.8551(direct) or theplunashow@aol.com.  P. Luna Foundation is located in Southern California at 5334 Lindley Ave. Suite #136, Encino CA 91319 and in Northern California at P.O. Box 523, San Bruno CA 94066 (for all mail).  P. Luna Foundation’s organization web site where people can donate is at help4guys.org. 

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