Journalists invited to panel discussion on male survivors of sexual abuse

Released 02/11/2017

The South-South Institute’s Building Bridges International Conference about male survivors of sexual abuse is being held in Christchurch this November.

You're invited to a panel interview with Mike McCarthy, ACC’s Violence Injury Prevention Portfolio Manager, Ken Clearwater, Manager, Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma Trust, Christchurch and speaker, Jim Clemente, who is a retired FBI supervisory special agent/profiler and a former New York City prosecutor.

Monday, 6 November 2017, 12:30pm, at:

ARA Institute of Canterbury
Madras Street

The panel will talk about international perspectives on the issue of male sexual abuse, the work going on in New Zealand to support male survivors and what is hoped to be achieved from the conference.

This is the first conference of its kind to be hosted in New Zealand since 1997 and aims to create awareness and open dialogue about male sexual abuse.

ACC is partnering with MSSAT to host this conference because it wants to:

  • Assist survivors of sexual violence to find help
  • Work more closely with the sector and build relationships, so that ACC continues to strengthen the support it provides to survivors.
  • Start an informed national discussion about this issue

Between 2012 and 2016 there was an 89% increase in new sensitive claims lodged for male victims of sexual abuse, and we know that male sexual assault is known to be significantly unreported.

The sooner a survivor discloses abuse and gets support, the better their long-term well-being will be.

Find out more about:

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust and their work

Find out more about how ACC can help:

Find Support website

For more information about the panel discussion:

Phone 027 493 6858

Jim Clemente

During his 22-year career with the FBI, Jim investigated cases that involved bank robberies, serial killers and public corruption in the White House. For over a decade he was an FBI profiler investigating violent and sexual serial crimes. Internationally recognized as an expert in the fields of sex crimes, child sexual victimization, and child abduction/homicide, he lectures around the world on topics including: sex offender typologies, ‘nice guy’ acquaintance offenders, compliant victimization, grooming, deception detection, investigative interviews, rape typologies, crimes against children, and child abduction/homicide.

Jim also consults on criminal and civil cases and does commentary for television. He is the technical advisor, writer and producer for Criminal Minds, Quantico, Blind Spot and Secrets & Lies. He appears regularly as a host and guest on the YouTube channel Crime Time. He produces and appears on several television productions including: The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, It Takes a Killer and Killer Profile. Jim authored his first novel, Without Consent (2014) based on his true story about tracking down and locking up the coach/camp director who victimized him as a teen.

More information at his website:

About Jim Clemente

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