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Who We Are

“You can recognize survivors of abuse by their courage. When silence is so very inviting, they step forward and share their truth so others know they aren't alone.”
- Jeanne McElvaney

Who We Are

Male Survivors Otago is a member organisation of  Male Survivors Aotearoa- the national advocacy and policy organisation for male survivors in New Zealand. See national website here.

We are committed to helping men who have suffered sexual, physical or emotional abuse to discover and sustain their own recovery pathway.  We work alongside men, sharing our knowledge and experiences, and moving towards a better future together.

Regardless of where you are in your journey towards healing, we provide compassionate and practical support without judgement.

We offer an intentional peer support on a one-to-one basis, or as a member of a peer support group – the opportunity to work with someone who has also experienced trauma, someone who has ‘walked where you are now walking’.


Always on purpose: Putting male survivors first and always seeking ways to improve their well-being.


Always ethical, open and honest: Acting authentically with integrity and without judgment, always aspiring to the highest standards of professional practice.


Always collegial: Building meaningful relationships based on mutual value, trust and respect, and working together to achieve our ambition for the future.

Our Ambition

Building a sustainable national network of support services for male survivors of sexual violence.

Our People

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Jules Gross

Chair | Trustee

I am a Senior Research Fellow at Otago University, a trustee of Male Survivors Aotearoa and a member of its Research Committee. I am an active member of the MSO trust and I assumed the role of Chair in 2o2o.

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Tony Chamberlain

Secretary-Treasurer | Trustee

I work with not-for-profit and social enterprise communities to develop on-purpose strategic agendas and effective governance frameworks. I am proud to be working with my colleagues in MSSAT Aotearoa to build a capable national organisation, enabling its member organisations to provide an appropriate nationwide support service for the male survivors of sexual abuse.

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Gail Jones


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Michael Chamberlain

Manager | Trustee

Born and bred in Dunedin my background is in sales/marketing and mechanical engineering. I’ve headed a number of national companies as well as operating my own businesses. I’m passionate about growing awareness and support for survivors of sexual abuse in New Zealand.