Kelli Palfy, Ph.D., began her professional career working in adult and youth corrections. Here she noticed a disproportionate number of males in the prison system. As an RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer, she took an interest in investigating sex crimes and went on to specialize in sex crimes committed against children internationally. Here, while being trained as a subject matter expert, she began to see that males were victims of sexual abuse too, but that they rarely talked about it. She already knew that there were very few resources available to boys and men. She wondered if this was why so many males ended up in prison. Victims she spoke to as adults revealed their struggles with coming forward sooner.
As she combed through seized video evidence, she witnessed more victims plus the sophisticated grooming tactics commonly used by prolific child sex offenders (pedophiles).
After leaving the RCMP, Dr. Palfy obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Alberta, where she researched the reasons why males don’t commonly disclose sexual abuse. She is now a trained trauma therapist and public speaker on the topic of male sexual abuse. Dr. Palfy currently runs a small private practice where she works with male survivors of sexual abuse, first responders, and couples using Emotion-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Approaches, Exposure Therapy, plus Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).