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Men sexually assaulted as adults and sexually abused as boys

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Previous research on sexually victimized men has mainly addressed the acute symptoms seen in hospital emergency rooms and psychiatric clinics. Findings are reported on 14 men, all but 1 of whom had been sexually traumatized much earlier in life, as boys or young adults. Several problem areas are described: repression, denial, or normalization of the trauma; self-blame and shame; posttraumatic stress disorder; male gender identity fragility; sexual orientation ambiguity and internalized homophobia; sexual difficulties; mistrustfulness of adult men; and disturbances of self-esteem and body image. Gender issues in treatment are discussed..

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Myers, M.F. Men sexually assaulted as adults and sexually abused as boys. Arch Sex Behav 18, 203–215 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01543195

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