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Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Our 2008 schedule of male survivor recovery workshops and professional training events keeps growing. With the addition of three Healing the Healers Retreats (in Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland), this year promises to be exciting.
I will offer only a brief itinerary in this email. You can obtain details on the Events page of our Web site:
<http://www.nextstepcounselling.org/> The site will be updated whenever details are changed or new events are added.
Except where indicated, the events will be presented by Mike Lew.
Australia:
Victoria -
28 March - "Working with Survivors of Clergy Abuse" - professional development day presented by Thom Harrigan and Mike Lew. (Melbourne)
30 March - 2 April - "Healing the Healers" - Residential retreat for people who work with survivors. (Maldon)
4- 6 April - "Victims No Longer" - Residential recovery weekend for non-offending male survivors of abuse. (Maldon)
New South Wales (Sydney area) -
9 April - "Working with Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse" - professional development day.
10 April - "Advanced Practice in Working with Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse" - professional development day.
11-13 April - "Victims No Longer" - Residential recovery weekend for non-offending male survivors of abuse.
Queensland (Brisbane)
15 and 16 April - "Practice Skills for Working with Male Survivors of Sexual Child Abuse" - Choice of either of two professional development days.
15 April - Free evening gathering for non-offending male survivors of sexual abuse/assault.
Northern Territory (Darwin)
18 April - Professional Development Day on Working with Male Survivors.
19-20 April - Two Day Recovery Workshop for Non-offending Male Survivors.
New Zealand:
Christchurch
22-25 April - "Healing the Healers" - Residential retreat for people who work with survivors.
25-27 April - "Victims No Longer" - Residential recovery weekend for non-offending male survivors of abuse.
Switzerland:
Uri
4-7 August - "Healing the Healers" - Residential retreat for people who work with survivors.
8-10 August - "Victims No Longer" - Residential recovery weekend for non-offending male survivors of abuse.
United States:
Bangor, Pennsylvania
15-17 August - "Leaping upon the Mountains" - Residential recovery weekend for non-offending male survivors of abuse.
co-led by Thom Harrigan and Mike Lew. Our 18th annual male survivor weekend at Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in the Pocono Mountains.
I invite you to attend any of these events that interest you, and hope you will help to spread the word about them. As space is limited for most of these events, I suggest that people register early to avoid being shut out.
I look forward to seeing you in 2008.
All the best,
Mike
Visit our Web Site at:
<http://www.nextstepcounselling.org/>


Pedofile ring processed


December the 19th 2007. Several Russian newspapers published a set of articles on 3 pedophile men from Krasnoyarsk, who were accused and pleaded guilty for recruiting boys aged 9-14 from troubled families to participate in filming a movie (called "Childrenphilia). Bribery and alluring with the help of cigarettes, sweets, and alcohol were used. The three dogs destroyed lives of 136 boys (according to the proven data). The convicts got 9 to 15 years to be served in a colony with a strict regime under the authority of the Russian Criminal Law (article 132).

I would like to point it out that such cases appearing mass media tend to change mass opinion, shifting it to the vital social problems.

I would also express my mind in saying that I shall not going to be sorry for these "people'"s fate on zona...

Read full article here (in Russian): Casting was carried out by pedophiles, Gzt.ru.

Lesha

Victims No Longer Men’s Recovery Weekend

2006. From July 21st-23rd, a very longwaited and remarkable event was taking place in Wiltshire, the UK; the many men from different countries of the world gathered together at the Weekend of Recovery for men who survived sexual child abuse.

The major guest was Mike Lew - author of the popular and very good book "Victims No Longer." Mike is on the photo, on the left, in the second line, in a black t-shirt. Mike Lew is a wellknown American psychotherapist, treating men who survived sexual victimization, and he is educating people about the reality of abuse and recovery.

Steve Beaven of England was able to organize the Weekend of Recovery. As his friend and colleague Jim Browne said, Steve had been working for several months to get all the guys together. On the photo, Steve is in the third line, on the left, in a pale blue t-shirt. Jim is on the right, in the second line, wearing a white t-shirt. He is the big, bold and nice man.

As the guys told me, this Weekend of Recovery was very important for all the participants since many of them have never met each other and talked about their abuse issues on public.

I believe that the charge of love, understanding, respect, and kindness received by all men during that weekend costs not less than the emotions and feelings stored by them for many years.

Lesha
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Photo courtesy: Jim Browne (www.fireinice2005.co.uk)
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