THINGS TO LOOK AT
In the American Journal of Men’s Health, an article “Speaking About the Unspeakable: Sexually Abused Men Striving Toward Language”, written by Torbjorn Herlof Anderson. Anderson’s research includes tape –recorded interviews with 15 Norwegian adult males who had been sexually abused during adolescence and delves into the understanding behind male sexual abuse.
One of the interesting topics mentioned in this research is that of Secrecy and Lack of Worth and Worthiness. In these above headings, Anderson explains male sexual abuse as a “double taboo” and discusses the aspects of secrecy verses disclosure of telling ones sexual abuse story. The traces of fear involved with disclosing this information remains one of the great challenges in creating awareness of male sexual abuse, as a lot of the time secrecy is seen as keeping control. The article further looks at the feelings of the participants during their encounters and in several of the accounts, the experience of no control and feelings of worthlessness.
To read the complete article, go to http://jmh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/2/1/25
As some of you may not have known, Oprah Winfrey is heavily involved in creating awareness on male sexual abuse, child molestation and their respective recovery processes. The links below prove very interesting and informative and are well worth in taking a look at
Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Stand Together: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Male-Sexual-Abuse-Survivors-Stand-Together
Road to Recovery: 7 Ways to Help a Male Sexual Abuse Survivor Heal http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/The-Road-to-Recovery-7-Steps-to-help-a-Male-Sexual-Abuse-Survivor-Heal
Lasting Effects of Male Sexual Abuse http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/The-Aftermath-of-Male-Sexual-Abuse_1
How to Help Your Partner Cope with Male Sexual Abuse http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/How-to-Help-Your-Partner-Cope-with-Male-Sexual-Abuse/print
Sexual Abuse Survivors’ First Steps Toward Healing http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Sexual-Abuse-Survivors-First-Steps-Toward-Healing
4 Things You Need to Know About Child Molestation http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/4-Things-to-Know-About-Child-Molestation
Child Sexual Abuse: 6 Stages of Grooming http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/child-sexual-abuse-6-stages-of-grooming
Was a Man in Your Life Abused? http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Was-a-Man-in-Your-Life-Abused