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Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive


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      Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive is an inspirational new book written to empower male survivors of sexual victimization to develop skills they can use to overcome the effects of trauma and learn to thrive in their lives. Male survivors often struggle to feel any sense of hope for the future, so this book is designed to inspire survivors and their allies with easily learned skills developed over the course of the author’s 30-year career, and the real-life experiences of male survivors who have learned to thrive. Each chapter invites survivors to dare to dream that they can take another step in their healing process through leaving their isolation behind, challenging their dysfunctional beliefs and replacing them with healthier functional messages, practicing healing exercises, reading about the struggles and successes of men just like themselves, and learning how to build hope through the use of affirmations.

      This book is unique in that it is based on the experiences of over 750 male survivors who have participated in MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery. The tools taught during those weekends, plus many more developed through the clinical experiences of the author, are presented so that each survivor reading the book has an opportunity to use the skills as he faces the challenges of his recovery. Survivors and their allies learn they are not alone in their struggles. Including the writings of male survivors and their partners will help to end their isolation and help them know others have walked in their path, become stronger, and found a sense of freedom. They will read about how these men and their allies have learned to make healthier choices that have enhanced their relationships, their emotional functioning, their job performance, and their lives.

About the Author

      Howard Fradkin received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1980 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and has been licensed as a psychologist in Ohio since 1982. Dr. Fradkin co-founded Affirmations: A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth in 1984, a private multidisciplinary practice in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Fradkin has counseled more than 1,000 male survivors as individuals, as couples, and in group psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 30-year career. He was one of the co-founders of the National Organization On Male Sexual Victimization (now known as MaleSurvivor), and has served as an Advisory Board member for MaleSurvivor since 2001.

      In 2001, Dr. Fradkin became the Chairperson of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery program. In this role, he had the primary responsibility for developing and implementing the weekend experience, supervising staff, and having primary responsibility for overseeing the emotional experiences of all of the male survivors (and sometimes their partners) who participated in the weekend. In 2010, due to the success and growth of the program, it became necessary to share responsibilities for the program, and since that time, he has served as Co-Chairperson.

      Dr. Fradkin has directed 39 Weekends of Recovery since 2001. His expertise was recognized by Oprah Winfrey when she invited him to be her professional guest for two shows, “200 Men” in 2010, focusing on healing for male survivors of sexual abuse. As a male survivor himself, he has learned firsthand about the struggles inherent in achieving recovery, and is able to offer significant hope and encouragement to empower men to thrive in many aspects of their lives.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Tyler Perry                                                                                                                                                                              







Chapter 1:    Dare to Dream You Can Join Forces with a Community of Silence Breakers    

Chapter 2:    Dare to Dream You Can Create Inner Safety and Be Present

Chapter 3:    Dare to Dream You Can Co-create Trust and a Sense of Safety in Communicating with Others

Chapter 4:   Dare to Dream You Can Leave Your Isolation Behind

Chapter 5:    Dare to Dream You Can Tell Your Story and Find the Support You’ve Always Deserved

Chapter 6:   Dare to Dream You Can Learn from the Experiences of Other Male Survivors





Chapter 7:    Dare to Dream You Can Be Disloyal to Dysfunction

Chapter 8:   Dare to Dream You Can Embrace Loyalty to Functionality

Chapter 9:   Dare to Dream You Can Connect with the Boy Inside You

Chapter 10: Dare to Dream You Can Sculpt Your New Path

Chapter 11:  Dare to Dream You Can Connect Safely, Intimately, and Romantically

Chapter 12:  Dare to Dream You Can Forgive Yourself and Others

Chapter 13:  Dare to Dream You Can Receive the Support and Love You Need in This Recovery Process as a Partner or Family Member

Chapter 14:  Dare to Dream You Can Become Empowered by Publicly Disclosing Your Abuse

Chapter 15:  Dare to Dream You Can Thrive!








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Fradkin, Howard
Hay House
Perry, Tyler
SELF-HELP / Self-Esteem
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Health and Self-Help » Abuse » Child Abuse
Health and Self-Help » Abuse » General
Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » Abuse
Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » Sexual Abuse
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Self Esteem

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