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#85492 - 04/04/03 07:04 PM male rape
Ken Singer, LCSW Offline
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Registered: 08/24/00
Posts: 5773
Loc: Lambertville, NJ USA
Got this from a colleague:

LONDON (Reuters) Mar 17 - Sexual assaults on men are more common than
previously thought, but victims often do not report such episodes,
psychologists said on Saturday.

In a survey of 158 men attending a sexual health clinic in north
London, 21 (13.3%) admitted they had been sexually assaulted but only
six of them had reported the attack.

"We found rates of assault were higher than in other published
research," said Erasmo Tacconelli, of St. Ann's Sexual Health Centre.
Other studies have put the rate at about 3%.
He told a meeting of the British Psychological Society that men, as
well as women, are forced into having unwanted sexual contact but few
services are provided to help them deal with the assault.

Only two reported the assault to the police. Two others told their
doctor, one confided in a friend and another in a family member. "A
lot of people didn't report the attack for fear of being seen as gay
or weak," said Tacconelli, who conducted the research with colleagues.

Half of the 21 men had been assaulted before the age of 16, and 15
suffered from anxiety, depression and long-term relationship
difficulties because of what happened to them. None of the men had
received counselling. "There should be a lot more awareness of where
sex can be used abusively," Tacconelli declared.

About 500 psychologists are attending the three-day meeting in the
southern coastal city of Bournemouth.


Ken


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#85493 - 04/04/03 09:00 PM Re: male rape
Wuamei Offline
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 2700
Loc: The left turn I should have ta...
Ken, thanks for sharing this encouraging report.

It's gratifying to see that slowly but surely the truth about SA is coming into the public light:

It's not about the gender, sexual orientation, strength or weakness, of the victim or of the perp.

It's about SA. Period.

Hopefully the more such reports come out the more men will report their SA & get the help they need. Hopefully that help will become more available.

Victor

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"I can't stand pain. It hurts me."
--Daffy Duck

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