Male Survivor of Rape Speaks Out

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

The Courage It Takes To Speak Out

This week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show is one of the most powerful interviews I have watched. For several days, I couldn't put my finger on exactly why that was. Then it struck me. I was amazed by our guest's courage.

For 35 years, Keith Smith kept the secret of his rape from all but a few. He lived with recurring nightmares, fears, and the shame that comes along with a horrible thing like rape.

Over recent time, Keith decided to unveil his secret. "It's time to speak out to raise public awareness of male sexual assault, to let other survivors know that they're not alone and to help survivors of rape and violent crime understand that the emotion, fear and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience."

I hope you'll watch this show. I found there was something very haunting about the power of Keith's message and how he came to it. See if you feel the same way.

Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences on "having the courage to speak out" or any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT

HealthyPlace Wins 2 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

What a great way to wrap up the year! We were notified that HealthyPlace received top honors at the eHealthcare Leadership Awards: the Gold Award for Best Care/Disease Management Site and the Platinum Award for Best Health/Healthcare Content. Both were in the Consumer Disease-Focused Site category.

This comes on top of HealthyPlace winning 3 Web Health Awards earlier in the month.

"Male Rape Survivor Speaks Out" On HealthyPlace TV

At age 14, Keith Smith was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. For over three decades, he kept quiet about it. Keith shares the torment he's lived with and why he's coming out on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (TV Show blog)

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Coming in December on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • Staying Sober Through the Holidays
  • Surviving Suicide: One Person's Story
  • Sexual Addiction

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

"Bright Side of Bipolar Disorder" on HealthyPlace Radio

For Richard Jarzynka, author of "Blessed with Bipolar," life hasn't always been easy, but he's managed to harness what he sees as the "positive" parts of bipolar disorder and use them to his advantage. Listen as Richard discusses that on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show.

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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We know it's the start of the holiday season and all of us here at HealthyPlace wish you a peaceful one.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2010, November 24). Male Survivor of Rape Speaks Out, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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