As a young teenager, Jordan Masciangelo suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a close family friend. He spent the majority of the years that followed acting out in some of the most destructive ways possible; falling into a world of prostitution and drug addiction.
In his early twenties, fed up with the life he was leading, Jordan made the difficult decision to fully commit to recovery - giving him another shot at life.
With two Weekends of Recovery under his belt and with the support of countless friends, mentors, counsellors and programs, Jordan was able to carefully piece his life back together and begin to discover the man he was meant to be. His recovery wasn’t quick, but it was consistent and Jordan soon began to feel a deep obligation to give back to the community that saved his life. He has now been a dedicated and active member of the male survivor community for over ten years.
Jordan currently lives in sunny Miami, Florida with his husband.
Partnering with the Canadian Ontario Provincial Police on a new initiative to help educate and train service workers on the specifics of males sexual victimization, Jordan began to tell his story in a public forum. These conferences began to gather acclaim and were soon being requested all over the country.
Those speaking engagements opened many doors for Jordan to work on other support initiatives, garnering him partnerships with Malesurvivor.org, The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, All Children Matter, and End Child Prostitution & Trafficking Canada.
He further went on to be featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, OWN Network’s Where Are They Now?, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio and ECPAT Canada’s Man to Man campaign. In 2012, Jordan was honored by the Governor General of Canada with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions and betterment of the country and in 2014, he was awarded the Police Commissioner’s Commendation for community service.
Most recently, Jordan had his story published in an international volume of essays. Making Out Like A Virgin: Sex, Desire & Intimacy After Sexual Trauma
is a collection stories from around world focusing on moving out of
survival mode and leading thriving, emotionally rich lives. Jordan’s
piece, “My 24-Carat Self,” centers around how travel and adventure transformed him into the man he is today.