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NCJ Number: 154622 Find in a Library
Title: Implications of Contemporary Feminist Theories of Development for the Treatment of Male Victims of Sexual Abuse
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:1-18
Author(s): J M Hepburn
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article builds on the findings of contemporary theories of women's development as a bridge to identifying new ways to integrate the needs of male victims in existing treatment programs for sexually abused children.
Abstract: Many male victims of sexual abuse are at great risk of becoming offenders themselves. Research suggests that men and women sexually abuse children because of their inability to form healthy attachments. Therapy provides young male victims of sexual abuse with an opportunity to experience intimacy with others without feeling that their sense of individuality is threatened. To achieve this, therapists must recognize that male victims' aggressive and disruptive behaviors are necessary to the healing process. For male victims of sexual abuse, these aggressive displays are rigorous attempts to move out of the powerlessness and paralysis they so often experience as a result of their trauma. Requiring men to talk like women amounts to a betrayal of their masculinity; to admonish them for their expressions of anger and rage reinforces the shame and guilt they often feel as victims. If the therapist is able to respond to the adolescent striving for independence with care and interest rather than repudiation and repugnance, then the client has an opportunity to experience both the recognition of autonomy and the sustenance of human contact. 38 references
Main Term(s): Male sexual abuse victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse treatment; Child Sexual Abuse
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