Male rape happens, not as much as female rape, but it happens. Men and boys often struggle with disclosing such crimes against them.
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Individual differences…are boys more resilient?
A therapist’s perspective
Many men who had traumatic sexual experiences as boys struggle with disrupted relationships and careers. As well as physical and mental health issues including depression, substance abuse, and self-destructive or violent behaviours. These men often seek (or are referred into) treatment for a range of health and behavioural issues without disclosing – or even recognising – the role that their negative childhood experiences play in their current problems.
Earlier identification of this common underlying source of suffering, paired with more effective interventions, can prevent many negative emotional, social and physical outcomes. This early identification increases the better outcomes for boys and men.
General socialised expectations about manhood influence professional care pathways, therapists and other professionals. They sometimes do not recognise the connections between traumatic boyhood experiences and adult problems. Or adequately consider them during assessment or treatment.
Improving awareness of the many potential impacts of traumatic childhood sexual experiences on men’s mental and physical health is therefore essential. Essential to improving life chances for men and boys and their journey from boyhood into manhood.
If you are a male victim of rape or sexual assault, we can help.
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