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NCJ Number: 65303 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: MALE RAPE VICTIMS - NONINSTITUTIONALIZED ASSAULT
Journal: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY  Volume:137  Issue:2  Dated:(FEBRUARY 1980)  Pages:221-223
Author(s): A KAUFMAN; P DIVASTO; R JACKSON; D VOORHEES; J CHRISTY
Corporate Author: American Psychiatric Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychiatric Assoc
Arlington, VA 22209
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Washington, DC 20201
Grant Number: 1 D15 PE 86010-01
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY FOCUSES ON MALE RAPE VICTIMS IN THE COMMUNITY, COMPARING THEIR CHARACTERISTICS WITH THOSE OF FEMALE VICTIMS.
Abstract: FOURTEEN MALE RAPE VICTIMS TREATED IN A COUNTY HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM OVER A 39-MONTH PERIOD WERE COMPARED WITH 100 RANDOMLY SELECTED FEMALE VICTIMS TREATED OVER THE SAME PERIOD. DATA SHEETS INCLUDING DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION, SPECIFICS OF THE ASSAULT, AND THE VICTIM'S REACTION WERE COMPILED FOR EACH VICTIM. WHEN COMPARED, DATA SHOWED THAT THE MALE VICTIMS AS A GROUP SUSTAINED MORE PHYSICAL TRAUMA, WERE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A VICTIM OF MULTIPLE ASSAULTS FROM MULTIPLE ASSAILANTS, AND WERE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BEEN HELD CAPTIVE LONGER. THEY WERE ALSO MORE RELUCTANT TO REVEAL INITIALLY THE GENITAL COMPONENT OF THEIR ASSAULT AND WERE MORE LIKELY TO USE DENIAL AND CONTROL THEIR EMOTIONS IN REACTION TO THE ASSAULT THAN THE FEMALES. HOME, SOCIAL, AND WORK LIFE OF MALE VICTIMS IN THE STUDY SHOWED MARKED INSTABILITY, FAR GREATER THAN THAT AMONG FEMALE VICTIMS. MALE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ALSO SEEMED IN GENERAL TO BE UNAFFILIATED WITH THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY, AND SEXUAL ASSAULT OF MALES APPEARED TO BE AN EXPRESSION OF ANGER, POWER, AND DOMINANCE OVER THE VICTIM. SINCE MALE RAPE VICTIMS REPORT ASSAULT SO INFREQUENTLY, AND BECAUSE THE NATURE OF THE ASSAULT IS SO OFTEN MASKED, IDENTIFICATION OF SUCH VICTIMS REQUIRES A HIGH INDEX OF SUSPICION. ALTHOUGH LITTLE HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE EFFECT OF RAPE ON MALES, IN SPITE OF ITS INCREASING FREQUENCY (10 PERCENT OF ALL RAPE VICTIMS IN 1978 WERE MALE), IT APPEARS THAT MALE VICTIMS OF RAPE MAY EXPERIENCE MAJOR, HIDDEN TRAUMA. THREE CASE HISTORIES OF MALE RAPE VICTIMS ARE OUTLINED, AND A LIST OF REFERENCES GIVEN. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Homosexuality; Psychological victimization effects; Rape; Sex offenses; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Sodomy; Unreported crimes
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