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Reframing Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Needs of Male Survivors

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Magnolia Place Family Center
1910 Magnolia Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Join Southern California Grantmakers, The Annenberg FoundationThe Durfee Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, and the Bettingen Corporation for a funders briefing on the unique needs of male sexual abuse survivors.

Fred Ali, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Weingart Foundation, will moderate a conversation on strategies to better support this population with a panel of violence prevention experts:

Historic approaches to sexual abuse survivor support have often overlooked the fact that one in six men were sexually abused as boys. Male survivors grow up with socialized expectations about manhood that may inhibit their ability or willingness to acknowledge their victimization and make it difficult to access clinical services--most of which have been designed primarily to treat female survivors of abuse.

The lack of awareness and understanding about the sexual abuse of boys and best practices of assessment and treatment poses significant challenges, particularly because many care providers are not trained to recognize indicators of abuse among males.

Join this important funder conversation to learn, strategize, and share how philanthropy can make an impact in supporting male sexual abuse survivors.


Fred Ali
President and Chief Executive Officer, Weingart Foundation
Fred Ali has more than 35 years of senior management experience with nonprofits, educational institutions and government. He began his career in 1972 as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small Alaska village, and has held a number of key positions in Alaska, including Vice Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 1991, Ali became Executive Director of Covenant House in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, Covenant House California developed into a multi-service program for homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Oakland.
Ali was elected President of the Weingart Foundation in 1999 and named Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation in 2006. He serves on the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, University of Southern California (Chairman); Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships Advisory Board, City of Los Angeles, (Chairman); and as a Senior Fellow with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Ali also served as the immediate past chair of Southern California Grantmakers.

Patti Giggans
Executive Director, Peace Over Violence
Patti Giggans has been active in violence against women and violence prevention issues for more than 25 years and is considered a national expert on sexual and domestic violence. She is the Executive Director Peace Over Violence, formerly the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. Peace Over Violence is a sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence prevention center, which focuses on crisis intervention and healing from violence, and engages in primary prevention and social change through community activism.
Giggans has held leadership and advisory positions in the sexual assault and domestic violence arena both statewide and nationally, and has served as President of the Board of Directors of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. As President of the Statewide California Coalition For Battered Women, she was instrumental in the creation of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, a merger of two long-standing domestic violence coalitions. Giggans founded the Los Angeles Sexual Assault Coordinating Council in 1996.

Sandra Henriquez
Executive Director, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Sandra Henriquez has more than two decades of experience working in social services, including 16 years in nonprofit management. She has held a variety of leadership positions, including service as the former Associate Director for Intervention Programs at the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now Peace Over Violence). Henriquez also served on the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault Board of Directors for more than a decade. Her participation on the Board was critical to the Coalition's reorganization, hiring of staff and development of policies and procedures.

Steve LePore
Executive Director, 1in6
Steve LePore brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and consulting to 1in6, which he founded in 2007. In 1988, he co-founded My Friend’s Place, a resource center for homeless and runaway youth in Hollywood, California, and became its full-time Executive Director in 1990. In 1999, LePore left My Friend’s Place to found the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a community-based outreach program preventing high-risk behavior among students in his own neighborhood. He is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow (having researched effective strategies to address difficult social issues and create change through program and policy development) and also served on the Board of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Dr. David Lisak
Forensic Consultant
Dr. David Lisak is a nationally recognized forensic consultant, trainer, and lecturer. His research and applied forensic work on non-stranger rapists has helped guide rape prevention and response policies in major institutions, including the U.S. Armed Services and numerous colleges and universities. His research on male survivors of childhood sexual abuse has helped focus public attention and spur new initiatives. He is a founding board member of 1in6, a national nonprofit devoted to helping men who were sexually abused as children. Dr. Lisak has conducted workshops and trainings in all 50 states, in Canada, and overseas. He also serves as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. Himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Dr. Lisak was one of three men profiled in the documentary, Boys and Men Healing.

About the Weingart Foundation
The Weingart Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the areas of health, human services, and education across seven Southern California counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Ventura, and San Diego. During the past thirty-nine years (1972-2011), the Foundation has authorized grants of more than $910 million to support a variety of Southern California social services, educational, and community programs. With assets of approximately $718 million, the Foundation continues to be a major philanthropic institution serving the needs of Southern California.

About California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is the only professional organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of and supporting the work of rape crisis centers which operate independently throughout California. CALCASA is committed to ending sexual violence through a multifaceted approach of prevention, intervention, education, research, advocacy, and public policy.

About 1in6
Since its founding in 2007, 1in6 has become a leading voice in the effort to disseminate knowledge, resources and skills about helping men who have experienced in childhood sexual abuse to heal. Combining the depth of the website (providing information and access to 24/7 support services), the innovative 1BlueString and Bristlecone awareness campaigns, and a range of trainings and support materials, 1in6 has developed productive, ongoing relationships with numerous local providers and statewide sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions nationwide. The organization’s mission is to help men and those that love men who may have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.

About Peace Over Violence
A renowned leader in the efforts to reduce and eliminate violence against women and children, Peace Over Violence (POV) has long understood that men and boys are also victimized--especially through sexual abuse and unwanted sexual experiences--but that due to the stigma surrounding this issue they rarely come forward to get help. Boys often suffer in silence, unaware of the cause or of remedies, and are stuck with transmitting their pain rather than transforming it. POV is committed to partnering with 1in6 and is dedicated to engaging and educating the wider community to support men and boys in healing from sexual violence.