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Improving policy and practice responses for men sexually abused in childhood

 
Author(s) Foster, Gary, Cameron Boyd and Patrick O'Leary
Title Improving policy and practice responses for men sexually abused in childhood
Source ACSSA Wrap, 2012, No 12, pp 1-20.
Date 2012
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
URL http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/wrap/wrap12/w12.pdf
Summary In this report the authors discuss issues relating to male survivors of child sexual abuse, including the prevalence and effects of child sexual abuse. It is recognised that one of the challenges with providing information and support to men is recognising that men are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse, either as a child or as an adult. The variety of methods of coping utilised by men are explored, with suggestions offered for men's enhanced wellbeing such as providing practical information, talking with someone who is supportive and using group work to enable men to talk with other men who have experienced a similar event. The fragmented availability of service delivery to support men who have been sexually abused in childhood is discussed including the issues relating to men utilising services designed for women. The authors recommend raising the profile of sexual abuse as a men's public health issue in order to promote the development of appropriate service delivery initiatives.
Keywords Sexual assault; men; service delivery; group support.
Topic

Service delivery; sexual assault 

 

 

 



 
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