January 25th, NBC is re-airing ‘Personal Fouls,’ an insightful and moving episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It’s the story of men who were sexually abused by a basketball coach dangling the keys to the NBA – and the law enforcement officers who worked to bring him to justice. This episode was first aired by NBC in September of 2011. Interesting enough, this particular episode served as a prelude for millions of viewers to the Penn State and Syracuse University stories, which broke a few weeks later.
1in6.org, (non-profit dedicated to male survivors of sexually violent crimes) is encouraging people to gather to watch the show together and discuss its implications.
See the PSA at at men.joyfulheartfoundation.org.
If groups should gather to watch the show and have discussions, 1in6 has a created the viewer guide (which can be accessed at http://bit.ly/wpS1xD ) with information and questions to help facilitate a productive group discussion about the SVU “Personal Fouls” show. 1in6 encourages people watching the episode to keep in mind that watching this very powerful portrayal of abusive interactions and participating in a discussion about it has the potential of triggering deep feelings for individuals, whether they have had similar abusive childhood experiences or not.
RCASA strongly encourages anyone sponsoring a group showing or discussion to provide on-site resources for anyone who might have a reaction to the show – ideally counseling resources present in the venue – but at the very least information about how to quickly access local resources and help if difficult feelings arise. RCASA would be happy to provide support and information about resources available to help sort through any feelings or questions that arise, Call us at 540-371-6771 to request assistance or call our hotline if in need of immediate phone support: 540-371-1666
Many resources, including the1in6 Online SupportLine, are listed on the 1in6 website under Get Help. Anyone feeling at risk of hurting themselves or being harmed by someone else should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. We encourage people to move forward in their exploration of this issue at their own pace.
- RCASA Saturday with Case Management: Why would an adult sexual abuse a child? (rcasa.wordpress.com)
- ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Tackles Male-on-Male Sexual Abuse in ‘Personal Fouls’ (aoltv.com)