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For our diverse communities

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Your important and you need to be seen and heard for who you are

No one left behind

Tēnā koe and Fakaalofa atu. Men affected by sexual abuse and their support crew told us that it's challenging coming forward as a guy. Some said being judged on the colour of our skin was also a barrier.

 

Our whānau, who identify as Takatāpui, Fa'afafine, and Fakaleitī (LGBTQI+), and/or living with a mental illness/ disability, said it was challenging because of stigma and not feeling connected. Sound familiar? 

You may be feeling hesitant; however, the bros we talked to came from all kinds of backgrounds and took the chance to get support. They are now feeling better and want you to know that you can too. 

How can I get my needs met?

One step at a time is the best approach. You can watch our videos with good information about what else you might need. Then you can get in contact with ACC to get funded counselling support (conditions apply). Ask about seeing a counsellor who has experience working in the rainbow, mental health, or disability sector. It's okay because many services expect to be asked. This fact sheet from Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura about sexuality and disabilities might also be helpful for you as well.

 

Support people also told us to be surrounded by people who love you and want to support you. The right people in your life can make it easier. That's important for your overall wellness. You can ask a mate or family member to support you to contact ACC if you want.

 

Also, try Safe to Talk. They are trained specialists who could work with you and find solutions to your needs. They will try and accommodate your as best as possible. You can reach them on 0800 044334 (open 24/7), and it's confidential. You can also ask to have a specific gender call you back.  

 

Contact us if you have questions or want to give confidential feedback about the service you received from ACC or Safe to Talk. We will do our best to make sure you are heard.