Male victims of adult sexual assault: A descriptive study of survivors' use of sexual assault treatment services

 

Author(s)Du Mont, Janice, Sheila Macdonald, Meghan White and Linda Turner
Title Male victims of adult sexual assault: A descriptive study of survivors' use of sexual assault treatment services
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, published online before print May 2013, pp 1-19
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage Ontario, Canada
Summary

The aim of this study was to explore the services used by male victims of sexual assault. Thirty-eight male victims of sexual assault aged 12 years or older, presenting to one of 29 Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres in Ontario, Canada participated in the study, with data collected over a 12 month period by the nurse examiners. It was found that all victims used at least one service and 86% of victims used five or more services. The most commonly used services were crisis counselling, medical care and treatment, including treatment of injuries and prophylactic treatment for STIs, and counselling for HIV. One third of the victims had sustained physical injuries in the sexual assault. The authors suggested that the high service uptake by the adult male victims participating in this study could be due to the assaults being more severe than those generally occurring in the community. The authors conclude that the needs of male adult victims of sexual assault are substantial and one recommendation is that gender-sensitive rather than female specific approaches to care should be made widely available,

Keywords Male sexual assault; health service; sexual assault treatment centres; needs
Topic

Sexual assault