In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Christopher Anderson of MaleSurvivor. Christopher joins me to share his story and how what he experienced as a child has led him to the work he does today in raising awareness for male sexual abuse and helping other survivors.
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Christopher grew up neglected and not being nurtured by his parents. He was bullied at school during his childhood as well as sexually abused by a neighbor around 8 years old. In addition to all of that, his dad died unexpectedly when Christopher was a sophomore in college.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Christopher lacked of social skills as a result of his upbringing. He also dealt with anger, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Finding and receiving support through MaleSurvivor has been the biggest factor in Christopher's healing. He also developed a good relationship with his therapist and psychiatrist.
What Christopher does today:
Christopher is the Executive Director of MaleSurvivor.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Christopher's Answer: You are strong enough, you will make it, and you are worthy of being loved.
MaleSurvivor.org - The organization Christopher is part of that helps males overcome sexual victimization
ChristopherMAnderson.com - Christopher's personal website
Facebook - MaleSurvivor's Facebook page
Twitter - MaleSurvivor's Twitter account
ACEsTooHigh.com - Where you can find more information about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
Christopher's email address - Christopher's email address if you'd like to reach out to him
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