The topic “Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys” will be on the table at a seminar taking place at the Polytechnic of Setúbal (IPS), next Tuesday, the 19th, organized by the Nursing Department of the Escola Superior de Saúde ( ESS/IPS), in the person of professor Fernanda Gomes da Costa.
The discussion, scheduled for 10:15 am, in room B1.13 of the ESCE/ESS building, has as guest Ângelo Fernandes, founder and technical director of Associação Quebrar o Silêncio, the first and only Portuguese non-profit entity that provides support specialized for men and boys who are survivors of violence and sexual abuse.
Statistics reveal that one in every six men is a victim of abusive sexual experiences before reaching the age of majority, with 20.7% of minor victims of sexual abuse being boys. According to Quebrar o Silêncio, these numbers, despite being dramatic, do not reflect reality, since the majority of victims do not report their cases.
The seminar, with free entry, aims to be a contribution from IPS to an informed reflection on this topic, generally little discussed publicly and is surrounded by taboos, prejudices and stigmas.
Quebrar o Silêncio was founded in January 2017 and, in six years of activity, it was approached by a total of 594 men and boys.