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NCJ Number: 134549 Find in a Library
Title: Adult Male Sexual Assault in the Community: A Literature Review and Group Treatment Model (From Rape and Sexual Assault III, P 161-178, 1991, Wolbert Burgess, ed. -- See NCJ-134540)
Author(s): P J Isely
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
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Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews clinical literature on the sexual assault of men and describes the process and effects of a therapeutic group composed of male rape victims.
Abstract: The literature indicates that the male sexual assault victim has been virtually unrecognized by service providers and society in general. In 1987 the Gay and Lesbian Antiviolence Project ran an 8-week male rape survivors group that consisted of four men who had been raped in their adulthood or late adolescence. The intention of the group is to provide a safe environment in which consensual validation and mutual understanding of survivors' reactions to their assaults can occur. This paper describes the goals and process of each of the eight group sessions. Some of the benefits of the group were the members' experience of supportive interpersonal relationships, the resolution of power issues in relationships with other men, and the realization that the rape did not make them powerless in every aspect of their lives. After the termination of the group, the men expressed appreciation for the group experience and urged that the therapists start another group. Ideally, a long-term group that will consist of more members should be considered. 25 references
Main Term(s): Male rape victims
Index Term(s): Group therapy; Rape counseling
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