“The breadth of the book's approach to the subject is impressive in its extensive list of reference will commend it to students, while its brief case vignettes and carefully argued points make it a valuable theoretical book for the counselling practitioner.” --Diane Hammersley in Counselling Matthew Mendel is the first to conduct a national survey among male survivors of sexual abuse. The results of his findings present a sobering study of just how extensive this kind of abuse is in terms of types of sexual activity and number and gender of perpetrators. The Male Survivor examines the phenomenon and long-term impact of sexual abuse on male children, and dispells many myths regarding the invulnerability of male victims. In this pioneering effort, Mendel argues that various societal myths and beliefs have led to a profound underrecognition of male sexual abuse, and that increased attention to, and acknowledgment of, male victimization is needed to reduce the isolation of male survivors, as well as aid in the decrease of abuse incidents. Modifications and revisions of conceptual frameworks regarding long-term sequelae of childhood sexual abuse are also proposed as they apply to the male experience. Clinical practitioners, interns, advanced students and researchers will find the cutting edge research of The Male Survivor to be a valuable contribution in the efforts to understand and treat this population so wounded by early sexual abuse. “The Male Survivor is an important book. Not only does it provide a comprehensive and in-depth literature review (the best I've seen in this area), it also carefully explicates the specific social and psychological issues faced by men who were abused as children. Dr. Mendel has written a scholarly yet clinically useful volume, balancing research with case histories and psychological theory with social analysis.” --John N. Briere, University of Southern California School of Medicine
Chapter 2: The Underidentification of Male Sexual Abuse
The Underidentification of Male Sexual Abuse
Recognition of sexual molestation in a child is dependent upon the individual's inherent willingness to entertain the possibility that the condition may exist.
The various beliefs that impede recognition of the full scope of the sexual abuse of males may be divided into two categories. The first category comprises notions of masculinity that make it difficult to recognize males as victims. These culturally derived ideas influence men not to see the sexual interactions in their childhood as abusive and/or to refrain from reporting these incidents. They are also held, implicitly or explicitly, by society at large and by helping professionals. Subscription to these beliefs distorts the perspective of professionals in the field ...