You are a Survivor with Steve LePore

In this episode of the Chalene Show, I talk to Steve Lepore, the Executive Director of 1in6.org – an organization whose goal is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.

Yes, this is a pretty serious episode, but the subject is all too common. Statistically speaking, only 1 in 6 men are survivors, consider that those numbers only represent the incidents which have been reported to authorities or reporting agencies. We can only imagine how high the actual number really is. This is about awareness and acceptance and helping the boys and men we love to free themselves of shame that they do not deserve to carry.

I want you to listen to this episode with an open heart. I want you to hear from Steve how you can best support and love the men in your life, a brother, father, son, husband or friend who may be carrying this secret today.

Steve shares with us why society has trained men to never be weak, “be tough”, or “get over it” and how to approach the subject in the most loving and supportive of ways if you think someone you love might be a survivor.

Most of all I want to Honor 1and6 for the work they’re doing…

If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, you are not alone.

If you wonder whether such an experience may be connected to some difficulties, addiction, anger, or challenges in your life today…you are not alone. You are a survivor. But don’t just survive… it’s time to thrive and release yourself from this secret and get the help and the support you need. I urge you to, if nothing else, do a little research today.

1in6.org is a website, a place for you to learn, explore and read with privacy.

If you are a man educating himself, this is a place for you to learn more, reflect on your situation, find answers to your questions, and explore your options – all at your own pace, and in complete privacy.

This site is for everyone, from guys who are mostly happy and successful in their lives to those who are barely getting by and feeling at the end of their rope. 1in6.org is a place for courage, hope, and strength of other guys like you, who have taken stock of their lives and are choosing their own paths forward to healing.

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 7.14.30 PMSteve LePore
Founder, Executive Director
Steve brings over 27 years experience in nonprofit management and consulting to 1in6, which he founded in January 2007. He originally worked in the private sector as Director of Human Resources for Six Flags Corporation and Landmark Entertainment Group. In 1988, Steve co-founded My Friend’s Place, a resource center for homeless and runaway youth in Hollywood, California and became its full-time Executive Director in 1990. In June 1999, he left My Friend’s Place to found the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a community-based outreach program preventing high-risk behavior among students in his own neighborhood. Steve is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow (having researched effective strategies to address difficult social issues and create change through program and policy development), serves on the advisory board of Take Back the Night and also served on the board of CALCASA (the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault).

Our Mission
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.  Our mission also includes serving family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.

Why 1in6?
Researchers estimate that 1 in 6 men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 18. This is likely a low estimate, since it doesn’t include noncontact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects.  If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, you are not alone.
If you wonder whether such an experience may be connected to some difficulties or challenges in your life now, you are not alone.

Our Work
We offer outreach, education and services, in person and over the web, to men with histories of unwanted or abusive childhood sexual experiences and anyone who cares about them. We also provide professional trainings.

Our Website: A Place to Learn and Explore Options, in Privacy
If you are a man educating himself, this is a place for you to learn more, reflect on your situation, find answers to your questions, and explore your options – all at your own pace, and in complete privacy.
This site is for everyone, from guys who are mostly happy and successful in their lives to those who are barely getting by and feeling at the end of their rope. These pages are filled with the courage, hope, and strength of other guys like you, who have taken stock of their lives and are choosing their own paths forward to healing.

1in6.org has regularly updated information and resources for many other visitors too, not only Family, Friends & Partners but also therapists and other helping professional, journalists, educators, and attorneys, judges and law enforcement officers (see Other Visitors / Just Browsing).
Whoever you are, whatever your situation and needs, welcome to 1in6.org.

1 in 6 Website: https://www.1in6.org

Additional Links:
https://www.1in6.org/about-1in6/donate/
http://www.1BlueString.org
http://www.StopItNow.org
http://www.RAINN.org
http://www.JoyfulHeartFoundation.org