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The following is a selection of recent media coverage relating to the Silence To Hope project, both locally and internationally.

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2013
Program returning to Chatham
A valuable project that helps survivors of male sexual abuse will have to try to survive without its major source of funding. Tom Wilken said the Diocese of London has committed another $80,000 to the Silence to Hope (STH) project for 2014, which will be the eighth and final year it will provide the funding.
- Chatham Daily News | Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Diocese Donation
The Diocese of London has donated an additional $80,000 to the Silence of Hope Project for 2014. It will be the 8th year that the diocese has provided ongoing funding for the male sexual abuse survivor program.
- Chatham Daily News | Sunday, 08 December 2013
Survivor Of Maple Leaf Gardens Sex Abuse Scandal Steps Forward To Share Story
In a cruel world, Max Murray was just a crippled boy on a relentless pursuit for love and attention. Max tried to find it through friendships with the other kids in his Toronto neighbourhood. But his flailing arms and knock-knees made him an easy target for cruel jokes.
- Sarnia Observer | Friday, 05 July 2013
2012
Diocese of London Gives $80,000 to Silence to Hope Project
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has provided funding for a sixth consecutive year to the Silence to Hope Project for survivors of mail sexual abuse, donating $80,000. Project co-ordinator Tom Wilken said he's appreciative of the role the church has taken on the role of helping men heal from the wounds of the past.
- Chatham This Week | Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Silence To Hope Receives Funding
A program to help male sexual abuse survivors with their healing has received more support. For the sixth year, the Diocese of London has provided money to the Silence to Hope project, this time in the amount of $80,000. The project serves nine counties, including Chatham-Kent, offering survivors outreach programs and resources.
- Chatham Daily News | Monday, 01 October 2012
Hope Project Gets Donations
The Diocese of London is supporting the Silence of Hope project with a donation of $80,000. The project offers services to survivors of male sexual abuse in Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia and London.
- Blackburn News | Friday, 28 September 2012
Breaking The Silence
Don Campion has ended his silence about the abuse he and others suffered at the hands of a police officer. The 53-year-old from Chatham, Ont. said he suffered from various abuses from an OPP officer who worked in his community. The attacks happened over the span of about five years in the mid-80s.
- The News Watch | Thursday, 26 April 2012
Male Survivors
Thunder Bay Counselling Centre and its partners invite you to a special event being held in the City of Thunder Bay in conjunction with the 7th annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Research shows that approximately 1 in 6 men will experience sexual abuse in their lifetime. This luncheon will feature keynote speaker author Tom Wilken as he discusses how we as professionals can help people feel more comfortable about talking about sexual abuse, and how we can respond when someone discloses that they are a survivor.
- Thunder Bay Counselling Centre | Thursday, 26 April 2012
Read More...
View video of the workshop below.
  • Part One – Introduction
  • Part Two – Overview of Tom’s work and “Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect” Book
  • Part Three – Stages of Recovery and Why Men Don’t Disclose
  • Part Four – Why Men Don’t Reach Out, Counselling Male Survivors and Important Qualities in a Counsellor
  • Part Five – Responding to Disclosures and What to Consider When you Hear a Disclosure
  • Part Six – Don’s Story
Canadian Author Helps Male Sexual Abuse Programs In Norway
Canadian author, Tom Wilken, returned from a press conference in Oslo, Norway with a sense of gratitude. Wilken is thankful his book Rebuilding Your House of Self Respect: Men recovering in group from childhood sexual abuse has been translated into Norwegian and that the people of Norway will benefit from the efforts of Canadians. The Norwegian edition is called Fri Fra Fortid: Seksuelt misbrukte menn i gruppeterapi.
- Press Release | February 2012
Locally-Developed Resource Book Having A Huge Impact
A Blenheim-area man is both pleased and surprised by the success of a textbook he wrote to help male victims of sexual abuse. Tom Wilken is the author of the 2003 book Rebuilding Your House of Self Respect: Men recovering in group from childhood sexual abuse.
- The Sarnia Observer | Thursday, 12 January 2012
2011
Help Available For Male Abuse Survivors
A support program for male survivors of sexual abuse is starting its second local group this May. The Silence to Hope project, with groups in Sarnia, Chatham, Windsor, London, and nine Southwestern Ontario counties, began its first 10-week Sarnia support group in November.
- The Sarnia Observer | Monday, 25 April 2011
Silence Of Hope Receives Funding
The Silence to Hope project (STH) from Chatham-Kent, Ontario has received funding for the fifth year in a row from the Diocese of London, Ontario. In 2007 the Diocese began funding services for male survivors of sexual abuse through STH, and their commitment keeps getting stronger every year.
- Strathroy Age Dispatch | Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Ont.'s Male Sex Assault Program Funding A First
The Roman Catholic diocese of London has renewed its annual funding for a support group that helps male survivors of sexual abuse. The Silence to Hope Project will receive $80,000 from the diocese t his year. The diocese has been the group’s main benefactor since 2007.
- The Windsor Star | Thursday, 14 April 2011
London Diocese Renews Funding for Male Sexual Abuse Victims
The Roman Catholic diocese of London has renewed its annual funding for a support group that helps male survivors of sexual abuse. The Silence to Hope Project will receive $80,000 from the diocese t his year. The diocese has been the group’s main benefactor since 2007.
- BishopAccountability.org | Monday, 11 April 2011
2010
Local Man Suing United Church For $2.1 Million
A 48-year-old North Kent man is suing the United Church of Canada for $2.1 million, claiming it didn't protect him from an alleged sexual predator. The man, who can't be named due to a publication ban issued in criminal court, claims he was molested for eight years...
- Chatham Daily News | Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Breaking The Silence
Tom Wilken knows it isn't easy for men to admit they've been sexually abused. But the Chatham-Kent man is hopeful once men in Sarnia find out they have a place to turn, they'll want to talk.
- Sarnia This Week | Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Support Group Founder Lauded
The founder of a support group that helps male survivors of child sexual abuse in Windsor and Chatham-Kent has won a national award for his work. Tom Wilken, founder of the Silence To Hope project, has been recognized by the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, a charity that uses advocacy and education to help eliminate child abuse.
- The Windsor Star | Thursday, 11 November 2010
Help For Male Abuse Victims
A support group for male victims of sexual abuse is starting up in Sarnia tomorrow. The Silence to Hope project, founded by Tom Wilken, already operates support groups in London, Chatham and Windsor and provides services to victims in nine counties, including Lambton.
- Sarnia Observer | Sunday, 07 November 2010
Wilken Honoured For Helping Male Sexual Abuse Victims
When Tom Wilken began writing a book detailing the painful experiences of eight Chatham-Kent survivors of male sexual abuse, he was just hoping it would be printed. Since the first edition of "Rebuilding Your House of Self Respect: Men recovering from childhood sexual abuse" was printed in 2003 it has become the "bible" for thousands of survivors.
- Chatham Daily News | Tuesday, 02 November 2010
Sex-abuse Victim Tells Story To Oprah
Terry Van Lare kept his painful secret hidden for 47 years. Now, the world will know that he was sexually abused as a child. The grandfather from LaSalle, Ont., has agreed to appear on an upcoming episode of The Oprah Show featuring stories of male survivors.
- Edmonton Journal | Sunday, 17 October 2010
Why Sudden Change Of Heart?
Show me the money and I'll give you some love. Yeah, it sounds like something you might hear at a brothel or from a hitchhiker on London's Dundas St. E.
- The London Free Press | Saturday, 25 September 2010
Seacliff Home Inspections Contributes Website To Project
Seacliff Inspections, a leading Windsor Home Inspections service for home buyers in Ontario has sponsored the Silence To Hope project, contributing resources to assist in the building and maintenance of the project's website aimed at helping male victims of sexual abuse.
- Seacliff Home Inspections | Friday, 24 September 2010
Abuse Help Plan Flawed: Survivors
Ontario's plan to help thousands of long-neglected male survivors of sexual abuse is so riddled with flaws it will stop men from seeking help, survivors and advocates charge. Feminist organizations that have refused or been unable to help men in the past are suddenly interested in the provincial dollars to set up services, the advocates claim.
- The London Free Press | Thursday, 23 September 2010
Local Book To Aid Norwegian Abuse Victims
Male survivors of sexual abuse in Norway may soon be counselled using a book developed with Windsor men in mind. Tom Wilken, author of Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect, said Monday he has been contacted by a Norwegian social worker who works in the prison system with young men aged 16 to 24. Wilken gave the woman permission to have his book translated and have up to 500 copies distributed throughout the country.
- The Windsor Star | Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Male Abuse Victims Receive Funding
The funding project, Silence to Hope for male survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy has received $80,000 in funding from the Diocese of London.
- Chatham This Week | Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Group For Sexually Abused Men Planned
Officials with the Silence to Hope project want to start a group in Sarnia for male victims of sexual abuse. The project has received funding from the Diocese of London since 2007 and just recently received another $80,000.
- Sarina Observer | Friday, 26 February 2010
Diocese Renews Funding For Sex-abuse Help
The Silence to Hope project is praising the Diocese of London for its continued support, after the Chatham-based agency which assists male victims of sexual abuse, received $80,000 from the Roman Catholic diocese.
- St. Thomas Times Journal | Thursday, 25 February 2010
Diocese Increases Support For Male Sexual Assault Victims
The Silence to Hope project is praising the Diocese of London for its support. STH, which assists male victims of sexual abuse, has received $80,000 from the diocese. Tom Wilken, STH project co-ordinator, said in a written release the commitment from the diocese keeps getting stronger, noting funding has increased since it began in 2007.
- Chatham Daily News | Thursday, 25 February 2010
2009
Silence To Hope Project For Sex Abuse Victims Receives $75,000
The Silence to Hope Project (STH) of Chatham-Kent has received funding for the third year in a row from the Diocese of London. In 2007 the diocese began funding services for male survivors of sexual abuse through STH and have been an ongoing committed partner in bringing services to male sexual abuse victims.
- Wallaceburg Courier Press | Wednesday, 25 March 2009
London Diocese Aids Male Sex Abuse Victims
The Silence to Hope project, which helps male victims of sexual abuse, has received $75,000 in funding from the Roman Catholic church's London diocese. It's the third year the diocese has funded the project, which offers free sexual abuse support workshops.
- The Windsor Star | Thursday, 12 March 2009
Diocese Supports Men's Recovery From Sex Abuse
A program that helps men who have been sexually abused has received $75,000 in funding from the Roman Catholic Diocese of London. The Silence to Hope Project provides support groups for men from Windsor to Wingham and Sarnia to Simcoe.
- Anne Moorad, Simcoe Reformer | Thursday, 05 March 2009
Church Funds Abuse Program
A program that helps men who have been sexually abused has received $75,000 in funding from the Roman Catholic Diocese of London. The Silence to Hope Project provides support groups for men from Windsor to Wingham and Sarnia to Simcoe.
- The Observer | Tuesday, 03 March 2009
Funding Continues For Survivors
For the third year, the Silence to Hope Project in Chatham- Kent has received a cash infusion of $75,000 from the Diocese of London. The diocese started funding services for male survivors of sexual abuse through the project in 2007.
- Chatham Daily News | Thursday, 26 February 2009
2008
Local Man's Book Tells Of Abuse Victims' Courage
The groundbreaking work of a counsellor and seven local men who had the courage to share their stories of childhood sexual abuse continues. Tom Wilken recently published the second edition of his book Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect: Men recovering in group from childhood sexual abuse.
- Erica Bajer, The Standard | Thursday, 31 July 2008
Support Group Tackles Abuse
A free 12-week support group for men who suffered sexual abuse as children will begin March 26 in Windsor. The Men Moving Toward Healing Group is a partnership between the London Diocese and the Silence to Hope project, which was developed to help sexual abuse survivors.
- The Windsor Star | Thursday, 13 March 2008
Diocese Funds Services For Male Abuse Victims
Hope and Healing Associates, which provides sex abuse support groups to men through its Silence to Hope project, has received $60,000 from the London diocese. The diocese also gave the group $30,000 in 2007.
- CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. | Friday, 08 February 2008
Sex Abuse Help Funding Extended
The diocese of London has extended and doubled its funding to get help for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. And counsellors are urging men to keep coming forward for help. The diocese is providing $60,000 this year -- up from $30,000 last year -- to fund the Silence to Hope project that provides sexual abuse support groups for men at no cost and provides a referral service.
- BishopAccountability.org | Monday, 04 February 2008
Silence to Hope Aided
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London gave $60,000 to Hope & Healing Associates of Chatham-Kent to help support male sexual abuse victims. The funding was designated for the Silence to Hope project, which provides sexual abuse support groups, workshops, weekend retreats and education and awareness programs for men living in Essex, Kent, Lambton, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford and Norfolk counties. The program also refers abuse survivors to caregivers and professional help.
- BishopAccountability.org | Friday, 25 January 2008
2007
London Diocese Aids Abuse Survivors
“I was angry my whole life and didn’t know why I was angry,” James, a man now in late middle age and a victim of sexual abuse, told a group attending the first of three Male Sexual Abuse Recovery forums in southwestern Ontario.
- The Catholic Register | Friday, 05 October 2007
Counselling for Abuse Survivors; Program Aims to Help Males Victimized by Church Reps
The Diocese of London is investing in a program to help male sexual abuse survivors who have been victimized by a representative of the Catholic church. The Hope and Healing Associates has received $30,000 from the diocese for the Silence to Hope and Healing project to establish counselling groups in Chatham, London and Windsor.
- BishopAccountability.org | Wednesday, 30 May 2007