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Effects of Rape on Men: A Descriptive Analysis

Abstract

Previous studies of the effects of rape on men have focused mainly on clinical populations. This study extended current research by investigating the effects of rape on a non-clinical sample of men recruited from the general population by media advertising. A total of 40 male rape victims were asked to provide details of their assaults, levels of psychological disturbance, long-term effects, and reporting issues. Results revealed that most assaults had been carried out using physical or violent force, in a variety of different circumstances. All of the victims reported some form of psychological disturbance as a result of being raped. Long-term effects included anxiety, depression, increased feelings of anger and vulnerability, loss of self-image, emotional distancing, self-blame, and self-harming behaviors. Findings are discussed in relation to previous research in the area and perceptions of rape.

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Walker, J., Archer, J. & Davies, M. Effects of Rape on Men: A Descriptive Analysis. Arch Sex Behav 34, 69–80 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-005-1001-0

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Keywords:

  • male rape
  • sexual assault
  • long term effects