Male victims of rape and sexual abuse

Introduces literature on the sexual assault of adult males. Various myths concerning the survivors, perpetrators, and plausibility of such assaults are challenged. Assault prevalence data from a community sample of 1,480 males is presented, along with data from a study of coercion in gay relationships. Problems reported after sexual assault by males are discussed, including confusion about sexual orientation, sexual problems, posttraumatic stress disorder, problems forming close relationships, mistrust of adult men, suicide, and various mood disorders. Sexual assault by females may leave men less traumatized than sexual assaults by men because they are less likely to involve physical force and because same-sex sexual contact, which heterosexuals may find traumatic in itself, is not involved. Both early and delayed management in the treatment of survivors are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)
Author: 
Coxell,Adrian W.
King,Michael B.
Notes: 
LA- English AN- 1997-07656-006
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
297
End Page: 
308
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Sexual Marital Therapy
Volume: 
11
Issue: 
3
Abstract: 
This article reviews the sexual assault of adult males. A number of myths concerning the survivors, perpetrators, and plausibility of such assaults are critically examined. Sexual assault prevalence data from 1,480 males is presented. The results from a study of coercion in gay relationships is also included. The problems that males reported after sexual assault are discussed. These problems include: PTSD, sexual problems, difficulties forming close relationships, mistrust of adult men, suicide attempts, confusion about sexual orientation, and various mood disorders. Sexual assault by females (which is comparatively rare) tends to leave men less traumatized than sexual assaults by men because these types of assaults are less likely to involve physical force and because same-sex sexual contact, which is traumatic in itself to heterosexual males, is not involved
Topic Areas: 
Effects; male rape; perpetration; survivors
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
265
Publication Date: 
1996