Sexual Abuse 4 Times More Likely For Men
According to an article published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine approximately 13.9% of men with disabilities reported a lifetime of sexual violence. Disabled men are more than four (4) times more likely to be victims of sexual assault when compared to a normative group of men without disabilities. In this study “disability” was broadly defined and included psychiatric diagnoses.
Often men do not recognize certain sexual scenarios as abuse. This is particularly true when the abuse happens in their teen years or earlier and the perpetrator is female. If they identify a sexual encounter as abuse shame and guilt often prevent them from seeking out professional counseling and support as an adult. These male trauma survivors often have difficulty with healthy attachment in platonic and/or romantic relationships, have an undiagnosed and untreated mood disorder (anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder) or have difficulty regulating intense emotions. Drug or alcohol abuse is also very common among male trauma survivors but often perpetuates maladaptive coping and associated symptoms of the abuse. I have helped many men recover from sexual abuse and create clarity around how their specific abuse has impacted their relationship with themselves and others.
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