Neshamos to launch support group for male survivors of abuse

Neshamos has secured partial funding from the UJA Federation Community Grants Program to start an anonymous men’s support group for survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) facilitated by Hillel Sternstein, LCSW. Whole story

Neshamos is pleased to announce that they have secured partial funding from the UJA Federation Community Grants Program to start an anonymous men’s support group for survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA).

Neshamos is a non-profit organization founded to eliminate stigma and provide support to members of our community dealing with trauma, mental health and addictions issues.

In addition to providing resources and support to those in need, Neshamos believes that by educating our community about these issues, we can dispel the stigma, shame and feelings of isolation felt by those struggling in our community. .

Neshamos’ purpose in creating this group stems from the immense stigma that men face in getting the help and support they need to overcome the trauma suffered as a result of child sexual abuse. Many CSA survivors suffer in silence, which damages their relationship to themselves and to others. The Neshamos support group hopes to give its participants a sense of community to relieve feelings of guilt, shame, isolation and loneliness.

The group will be led by Hillel SternsteinLCSW, a highly experienced social worker with decades of experience working with sexual abuse survivors in the frum community, both one-on-one and in groups.

The 10-session support group will focus on the 3 Cs: competence, comfort and connection. By providing this vital resource to men in our community, Neshamos hopes to help survivors find the skill and comfort needed to connect with themselves, other survivors, families and loved ones.

This group is open to all male survivors of child sexual abuse, ages 23 and older from any frum community, regardless of their current religious status. Each of the 10 sessions will take place virtually, on Zoom, at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Participants are required to disclose their identity to the group facilitator, but may choose to remain anonymous during group sessions.

There will be a nominal fee of $10 per session. Grants are available upon request on a case-by-case basis.

To join the support group, please complete the confidential form here: https://neshamos.org/programs/mens-ssa-support-group/.

DETAILS:

WHAT: CSA support group facilitated by Hillel Sternstein, LCSW

WHO: All male CSA survivors in the frum community, ages 23 and older

WHERE: Practically via Zoom

WHEN: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., starting July 19, 2022 and for 10 consecutive Tuesdays.

If you or a loved one need help, the Neshamos The helpline offers assistance at 646-580-9842. The Neshamos Resource HelpLine is a free, confidential service that provides information, referrals and support to people with mental and/or substance use disorders, their families and community members.

Virginia S. Braud