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Help-seeking behaviors of men sexual assault survivors


Author(s)Masho, Saba W. and Anika Alvanzo
Title Help-seeking behaviors of men sexual assault survivors
Source American Journal of Men's Health,2010, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp 237-259
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study uses a community-based sample to examine the help seeking behaviours of male victims of sexual abuse or assault. Participants in the study were asked if they had talked to a counsellor, called a sexual assault helpline or visited a medical doctor after their victimisation. Only 17% of the men who disclosed being sexually assaulted reported receiving professional help. Significant associations were found between professional care seeking behaviour and physical injury, being threatened during the assault, a friend or family member being the perpetrator or being in danger. Further research is recommended to better understand the characteristics and barriers of help-seeking behaviours among male victims of sexual assault which in turn can lead to the development of appropriate treatment programs
Keywords Sexual assault; counselling; help seeking; male victims

Sexual assault